Daily Devotional – 11/6/11 “Pastors are human too!”

On today I had the privilege of celebrating 21 years of service with my Pastor & First Lady at our church, Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS.  My task was to give a tribute to him as family, being his niece.  When I joined his church three years ago, I had no idea what plan God had for my life, all I knew was that he said move and I obeyed.  Changing from the church I had grew up in all my life to this small church outside of Tunica, MS was the best decision I could have made for me and my family.  Being under my uncle’s leadership I have grown tremendously, spiritually.  God has been going a work on me and I love it!  This has also given me an inside look into the ups & downs of a Pastor’s life.  I joke all the time that I’ve become a Preacher’s kid since joining church and I now call my uncle Pastor Daddy! But I love it still!  He is a great daddy, uncle and Pastor and I wouldn’t change it.  I’ve decided to post the tribute below to let you guys know that Pastors are humans too.  I pray that you enjoy it! 

I stand before you this morning to pay tribute to our Pastor and First Lady.  As a niece, I’ve known my pastor, all of my life but as a sheep under his ministry, I’ve been grazing in his pasture for about 3 years.  During these years, I’ve gained a deeper respect for the job that he has.  I read Hebrews 13:17 which states “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.”  But then I think about folk and how they treat men of God, so it was placed on my heart to encourage you, as my pastor, on this morning.

See, when men or woman are called into ministering God’s word, we take that as if they no longer have human flesh.  We act like they don’t make mistakes in their everyday life and when they do, we are quick to pass judgment and write them off.  But ministers still put on pants the same as sinners do, they bleed red blood just like us, so don’t be surprised when something unchristian like pass through their mouth, as it sometimes do.  Stop holding them at a higher standard like they won’t sometimes fall or make a bad choice.  But pray for them instead of bringing them down, every time they hear your voice.  Don’t act like you don’t drink, when it’s not water in their cup.  But reach down to grab them when they fall, to pull them back up.  Yes, ministers sometimes need to be ministered too because you never know what they are going through.  They’ll be the names you call them and do the things you say they do, because as long as they got God on their side he will see them through. The bible states in 1st Chronicles 16:22 do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” So when they don’t stoop to your level, please don’t be alarmed. Now, don’t get me wrong they are still human so their feelings sometimes get hurt.  Especially when it’s so-called friends that’s dragging their name through the dirt. But, I assume, they shake it off and pray, because if they don’t they may just want to revert back to their old days.  You know when it wasn’t all gospel playing on the radio and a bible wasn’t in their hand, but when they would lay down the law no matter where they stand.  So don’t be quick to put your mouth on God’s chosen ones, because if God has to punish there’ll be no place to run. 

Now, this just isn’t for Pastor’s because their wives are also called, so don’t be quick to judge them when they happen to fall.  See if God already had a minister’s destiny chosen and plans for his life, don’t you think he made preparations when he was choosing his wife? She has to have tough skin to bear Christian folk because most of them don’t respect their role and they take it as a joke.  We always looking at their clothes, talking about their hair like her feelings don’t get hurt and Lord, we are quick to think negative when she misses church.  We act like her life isn’t anointed and appointed by God, like she has the answer to every question and all her problems are solved.  She has some good and bad days, sickness, struggles and strife but does that make her less than a minister’s wife?  She needs to be ministered to just like we do. 

So to you my first lady, my Pastor; hold your head up high because the Lord will fight your battles and he’ll keep getting you by.  He placed you in this place 21 years ago because he had a purpose in mind, and you will reap the benefits of your harvest in due time.  Even when it seems like your work is in vain and we church folk are a mess, just remember that it’s all in God’s plan and this is simply a test.  Even on the days when you’d rather walk away instead of fulfilling your calling, I’ll be there to lean on when you feel like falling.  I may not have all the answers but I have 2 ears to hear and when it feels like your leaning, I’ll be standing near.  I’ll offer my arms for a hug and a shoulder to help carry your weight because I was placed here for a purpose, it was God’s fate.  So, I’ll keep praying for you, for your strength to bear because we love you and need you here and we pray for many more years to share!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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