Luke 19:28-48; Genesis 34; Psalm 26
I’m always annoyed by those purveyors of the gospel who forget that the job of a pastor, or any leader, is to help people develop their relationship with God. When they share the gospel, it seems as though their desire is to make people dependent on them for their faith – and is always seems to enrich them financially. This isn’t new. Jesus went into the Temple and cleared it of those profiting from unsuspecting pilgrims. “He said to them, ‘It’s written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a hideout for crooks.’” (Luke 19:46) Prayer is how we develop our relationship with God. We talk to Him; we listen to Him. He speaks to us in many ways. The Temple was designed to be a place where people could spend time with God. In our world, the church buildings should be such a place also. Whether it be a dilapidated store front or a magnificent campus, the buildings of the church should allow the church to gather or to come individually and meet with God. Even today, some would make a financial killing off of God’s people. Still, God calls them to accountability. Pastors and leaders deserve fair pay for their work, of course, but fair pay should recognize the work of God that still needs to be done around the world. As followers of Christ, we must be discerning and not elevate our leaders to higher positions than they should be. We must always seek God on our own. Our leaders should guide us to the source of strength, not be the source of strength.
Dear Lord, it’s so easy to love You and yet become dependent on people we can see and hear easily for a word from You. Help me to accept guidance from godly leaders, but always to seek You for spiritual strength. Let me use whatever leadership roles I have to guide people to You.