Pastors are sent to watch over the souls of their flocks. And to teach them how to follow Christ.
Many a times, people forget that pastors are humans just like the rest of their fellows. Although they are held in higher standard, like humans that they are, they feel discouraged at times when through pointless criticisms they are pushed to think they are not doing enough even when they are doing more than they should.
Servant of God and senior pastor at Omega Fire Ministries (OFM), Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleman, lectured in one of his recent services how men of God expend their time and energy and nearly become worn out working for God yet no one seems to see them working and no one appreciates all they do. The servant of God therefore requests of Christians to let men of God know how much they care for and appreciate them.
Apostle Suleman teaches that “the greatest gift one can give to his/her pastor is to lift him/her up by publicly appreciating his/ her work and in prayer.
“Most of you are in the social media,” he begun; “when you get home after the service, post a message on the social media; Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Twitter, to appreciate men of God all over the world for the wonderful work they are doing for God. Encourage pastors all over the world. Don’t put any pastor’s name; just post the message to appreciate all of them. In the message, tell them, ‘no matter the criticisms, there are people that love you. We are part of those people that love you’. Tell them that ‘we love you; nothing, nobody can change our minds’. Nigerian pastors, African pastors, pastors all over the world, tell them ‘we love you’. Tell them ‘we don’t care what enemies are doing, we love you, we appreciate you’.
Post the message, send the message. Flood the internet with the message. Post and tell your friends to repost; use these last days of September to appreciate pastors all over the world. Tell them ‘be encouraged, don’t be discouraged, keep moving on’.”
According to the ‘Oracle of God’, God has blessed the world with pastors after His own heart; therefore they should be prayed for to serve with joy and not burden.
“Pastors have difficult jobs. They must serve the church family and their own family. It really takes a special breed to balance the two. Yet they are attacked without reason. It is a must to appreciate your pastor; give him joy and you will receive joy,” concludes the servant of God.