”… and (He made) some to be pastors and teachers…”
(Ephesians 4:11 NIV)
Today we continue to look further at a few personalities who will, ”prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Eph. 4:12 NIV). Today it concerns pastors and teachers.
Pastors are truly compassionate carers. Pastors do not find it difficult to care for others. They love to express compassion. They are the ones who invite you home when others seemingly don’t care. They ask you how you are and truly mean it. They are the ones who have the patience to listen to your story even when told the tenth time. There is a need for many pastors in God’s congregation because there are limitations as to how many persons one pastor has time to show compassion for.
Finally it is the teachers who are included in the count in Ephesians fourth chapter. Teachers often find it easy to think logically. They see the relative connection in the Bible that others pass by and can instruct in a way that can be easily understood.
Both the evangelists function that we spoke about yesterday and the teaching function are expository functions, however, the evangelist has his focus on those who are not yet saved while the teacher has his focus on teaching God’s people in order that they grow as Christians. We pray today the same prayer as yesterday.
PrayerLord, help me to find and recognize the responsibility that You have put aside just for me in the Body of Christ. Thank You for making a place for me in Your Kingdom and for creating me for a special function there.