As Christians we have been given two of the greatest commandments. The first is to love God with all of our hearts, souls and minds. The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors as ourselves. So today we begin a month long challenge to love others and the best way to love others is how Jesus loved his disciples, by serving them.
13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. - John 13:13-17
Today we are going to put the lesson of Jesus washing his disciples feet by serving others to use. We will serve one who has been put over us. We will serve and love our Pastors. This actually falls perfectly for me as this past weekend was the two year anniversary for my pastor being at our church. Praise God for bringing him to our life. We look forward to more anniversaries with our Pastor.
So let's get started loving our pastor.
1. Thank your pastor - The best way to love your pastor is to show your appreciation for all that he/she does for the church. They sometimes miss out on sleep because they are up with family members whose family is in the hospital, or with people who need counsel. The time they give up to do God's work is great. So thank your pastor. You can thank your pastor to his/her face, sending a card, sending them a text message or even posting on their facebook page.
|Thank you note in every language By: woodleywonderworks|
2. Feed your pastor - How about taking a meal to your pastor. During the Holy Holidays the pastor is spending time away from their family preparing for church services. Just think of Christmas, how many services does your church have in the month of December? Our church has our regular services, Christmas Eve, and even a watch night service on New Years. That is just in December. My pastor, bless him and his wife, are gone from early Sunday Morning until after evening service every week. Our Pastor spends the time in between services preaching at a retirement home, and visiting the sick. How about picking a day and taking a nice home cooked meal to the pastor and his family.
|The Family at Dinner By: Anton Raath|
3. Spend time with your Pastor - Being a pastor can be a lonely outreach. Pastor's are the ones who give us God's word, and well sometimes we don't like what they have to say, especially when our toes are being stepped on. Also our Pastors spend a good amount of time giving away parts of themselves, visiting the sick, preparing their messages. How about spending some down time with your pastor and his family. Go out to eat, have them over for dinner, go fishing (you never know until you ask, our pastor loves to fish). Give your pastor some down time and remember that we each need community, even our pastors.
|waiting for big fish By: Georgie Pauwels|
4. Ask your pastor how you can serve them - Jesus knew his disciples needs, he knew they would need their feet washed so he did. We are not Jesus, we don't know the needs of others. So how about asking your pastor if there is anything you can do for them. It could be making copies before service, praying a prayer of encouragement and building up after a long week. Oh there are some many ways and yet since I am not a pastor I have no clue.
|Feet By: Pedro Ribeiro Simões|
Through the rest of this week how about loving your pastor. Did I miss something? Share it in the comments below. Are you a Pastor and have something that I didn't bring up but you would love, share it with us! We love our Pastors.
Join me on Fridays in the month of July as I challenge you, and myself to love others well.