A once wrote to me like this: "You speak openly about the faults of theShepherds, but it doesn't tell us what we're failing. With Love I ask you to support your claims with the truth. "
The lack is that we, the ministers of the Gospel, are not fully fulfilling the purpose of motivating believers to understand the real cost of discipleship. Jesus posed rigorous and incomprehensible demands to those who chose to follow him andConfess His holy name.Today we see in our pulpits too ego and pride, and we do not see enough alarm and pain for sin. Now there are few ministers who preach with tears and agony about those who go back or about the coldness among believers. It is tragic to see that so many pastors have lost the anointing of the Holy Spirit and devote themselves to building their own reputation.
Their eyes focus not on the needs of the sheep, but on how to finance andPromote your own luxury dreams.The Apostle Paul had the heart of a true shepherd: a heart always endeavoured and concerned about the spiritual growth of the sheep. He writes to the Corinthians: "I zeal you with the zeal of God; For I have betrothed you with only one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ "(2 Corinthians 11:2). The believers of Galatia referred to as "My little children, for whom I return to suffer pains of childbirth, until Christ is formed in You"(Galatians 4:19). The Thessalonians wrote that he was "praying at night and day with great insistence, that we may see your face, and complete what is missing from your faith" (1 Thessalonians 3:10).It breaks my heart when I realized how much I lack to have the measure of what a loving pastor should be. Often I desperately lack that spirit that moved Paul with so much love and solicitude for God's people: "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown that I boast? Are you not, before our Lord Jesus Christ, in his coming? You are our glory and joy... For now we live, if ye are steadfast in the Lord "(1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 3:8). That man of God encouraged his sheep with letters that provoked them to holiness and to have a greatHunger of Jesus Christ. With tears he said, "We also pray for you always... That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him. "(2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). "We were tender among you, as the nurse who gently caresses her own children... As the father to his children, Exhortábamos and Consolat toEach one of you, and ye Encargábamos that anduvieseis as is worthy of God "(1 Thessalonians 2:7,11).
Paul wasn't looking for their money. He put great effort into never becomingOn a charge. He wrote saying that he and his companions worked "with eagerness and fatigue day andNight, not to be burdensome to any of you "(2 Thessalonians 3:8). When with allReason could have received monetary support from them, Paul chose to sustain himself. IsHe refused to dress with a "cloak of greed," because the gospel had been entrusted to him. Their goalIn the Ministry the summarized in this verse: "May your hearts be affirmed,Blameless in Holiness before God "(1 Thessalonians 3:13).How I beseech God to give me that heart of Loving shepherd! I hope the SpiritHoly day to raise pastors and evangelists who did not have in the ministry another goal thatTo affirm the believers in holiness and provoke them to cling to Christ!The tragic thing is that those in the Ministry have attenuated to such an extent the truth of GodAbout self-denial, that we have given birth to a generation of believers ofEasy life, powerless, who do not understand what it means to separate from the world. Many ofOur churches have amalgamated in such a way the worldliness in their messages, which nowChristians overcome in sin the wicked, without even blushing. Indeed, in yearsRecent world has been perplexed and infuriated at the filth and corruption of theChristianity, and rightly so.There is now much preaching of the gospel that contains no mention of theCross, no doctrine of suffering, no reproach, no repentance, noAbhorrence of sin, no requirement of separation or purity, no call to aUnconditional surrender to the Lordship of Christ, no daily death to oneself, noCrucifixion of the lusts of the flesh, no denial of the self, no rejection of theSelf-centeredness, no warning of upcoming persecution or imminent judgment.
And mostTragic of all is that now many Christians prefer to be told about the rights thatHave in Christ... while they forget the righteous rights that he has over us.