This is what God gave me today in His word:
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. (2 Timothy 2:3-6)
Paul tells Timothy (and by extension, to all pastors) to be three different types of people: a soldier, an athlete, and a farmer. To be a little more specific: a good soldier of Christ Jesus, who “doesn’t get entangled in civilian affairs.” An athlete who must compete according to “the rules”. And a hard-working farmer that gets a “share of the crops.”
A soldier who “doesn’t get involved in civilian affairs,” is, when you think about it, rather like a pastor who doesn’t get involved with his the personal lives of each and every of member of his Church. Don’t get me wrong, a pastor can of course form friendships with members of his congregation, etc. but it’s the job of the deacons to take care of the members.
An athlete who “competes according to the rules,” seems to actually be rather similar to a pastor who preaches his sermons in accordance with what the Bible says. For example, a pastor who “preaches” a “sermon” on the latest sporting event, isn’t exactly competing according to the rules… At all.
Likewise, a hard-working farmer who gets “the first share of the crops,” is really rather similar to a pastor who does in fact receive some money for his preaching.
Is your pastor a soldier, an athlete, and a hard-working farmer?
You are Loved!