The first lesson that I learned as a Pastor

The first lesson that I learned as a Pastor

I stand in awe of Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and God, my father each and everyday.

If you've read the about me page, you would know that in 2018 Jesus told me what God's plan, purpose and pursuit for my life is. His plan for my life (his calling for me) is to shepherd his people and teach them how to live for him. At first, I laughed at the calling and took it as a grain of salt because never in a million years would I thought I would be called to preach and to be a pastor. Now, I am grateful and thankful for this wonderful calling.

While, I've taught youth bible study when I was in college, and I am steward of the word of God; I have NO IDEA how to shepherd God's people, nor do I know how to lead spiritually immature believers, even spiritually mature believers [although, I presume it to be easier to lead the mature]. It's a great thing that God's calling doesn't rely on our ability or inability.

After living by faith, God started teaching me through revelation [Ephesians 1:17] how to do what he has called me to do. Interestingly, and wisely God waited until my walk with him was faith based [1 Peter 5:2-31 Timothy 3:1-16Acts 20:28, and Ezekiel 34:1-10]. After all, believers should not be leaders if they don't believe, as faith is the essence of our relationship with Christ.

Now, for what you've all been waiting for. 

The first lesson that I learned as a Pastor is that I cannot save people. You maybe thinking duh! However, as a Pastor, sometimes it's easy to be so passionate about the word of God, faith, and wanting to help people experience what you have experienced because you see the results [joy in the Holy Spirit, peace, righteousness, provision] of trusting God, and you want to help everyone. Sometimes you may want to help people, who don't want to help themselves. While spiritual oppression and possession is real, in order for those believers who are oppressed and non-believers who are possessed to be delivered and freed they have to choose it, as we had to.
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.  For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—  each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 1 Corinthians 3:5-13
Jesus showed me that within my own family members [I am more passionate about wanting my family to be saved], I cannot save them. It was almost as if, he allowed me to see things from his perspective. From looking at his perspective, I saw that he had been trying to save some, sanctify others, but they are unwilling. If they are unwilling, there's not much he can do. Yes, I said that! God is God. However, he has given mankind free will to choose. Since, we have the power to choose between good and evil and right and wrong,  he is not going to have his Holy Spirit force believers to do what's against their freewill.

From this, I realized that:
  • I cannot force sinners to believe in Jesus, as I cannot force believers to have faith in their salvation process [justification + sanctification = salvation]. If God, cannot make people believe in him, neither can I [Revelation 3:20]
  • I don't want to come off barbaric when I try to explain spiritual matters to people who can only understand natural things [Matthew 7:6]. Jesus teaches us what to do, when sinners don't believe [Matthew 10:13-14] and when believers don't believe past their justification.
I have to teach the word of God in absolute hope, faith and love with assurance that the Holy Spirit is growing the seeds that myself and others are planting.