Tuesday 18th August 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- 1 Peter 5:1-14
Topic:- Why Many Pastors Die Young [Autopsy Of A Pastor (2)]
Text:- 1 Peter 5:2
- They Said “NO” To Their Families:
For many of these Pastors, their families became an afterthought or no thought at all. Many of their children are now grown and resent the Church.
They have pledged never to return. Their spouses felt betrayed, as if they were no longer loved, desired, or wanted. Some of these Pastors have lost their families to divorce and separation.
- They Got Too Busy To Remain In The Word And In Prayer:
Simply stated, they got too busy for God. The early Church leaders saw this danger, and they took a courageous path to avoid the trap. Read Acts 6:4 again in the context of all of Acts 6:1-7.
- They Died A Slow Death From The Steady Drip Of Criticisms:
Pastors are human. Yeah, I know; that’s an obvious statement. We sometimes expect them to take the ongoing criticisms from members as if they were rocks. But a steady drip can destroy even the most solid rocks.
- They Were Attacked By The Cartel:
Not all Churches have cartels, but many do. A Church cartel is an alliance of bullies, bully-followers, carnal Christians, and even non-Christians in the Church. Their goal is power. Their obstacle is the Pastor. Many Pastors have died because cartels killed them.
- They Lost Their Vision And Their Passion:
This cause of death is both a symptom and a cause. Like high blood pressure is a symptom of other problems, it can also lead to death. Pastors without vision and passion are dying Pastors.
- They Sought To Please Others Before God:
People-pleasing Pastors can fast and easily become dying Pastors. The problem is that you can never please all the members all the time. If Pastors try, they die.
- They Had No Defenders In The Church:
Imagine a dying person with no medicare (medical intervention). That person will die. Imagine Pastors without members who will stand by them. Imagine Pastors where members are too cowardly to stand up to cartels. If you can imagine that, then you can imagine a dying Pastor. By the way, this form of death is often the most painful. The Pastor is dying without anyone to help or intervene.
9 They Died As A Result Of Pressure To Be Like Others:
Travel around the world, have a big Cathedral, be announced by God, be popular and live in affluence, competing with one another or others they have no idea about their stories. They allowed wide mouthed intimidators make them feel they are failures without telling them the true stories behind their presumed success. They burnt-out and it took a toll and caused their death. They lost the simple rule of Ministry that God gives to everyman that – size and miracles are not indicators of good success before the Master. The letters to the Churches in Revelation showed it clearly.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, help me to maintain my health henceforth by fire, I refuse to die prematurely and untimely, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Wonderful Tuesday!