In our present day there is a growing number of “pastors” who do not want to rock the boat, who do not address critical issues, who do not preach on sin, and who have abandoned Biblical doctrine in order to be perceived as loving your neighbor, being tolerant and non-judgmental. Indeed, many hirelings abound and are called out as such.
But this article is to thank pastors who are faithful to the call of God upon their lives. Thank you for preaching the Word, who are “instant in season, out of season,” who “reprove, rebuke,” and “exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Thank you for staying faithful to the Word even when there is a growing presence of those who ‘will not endure sound doctrine;” but are seeking out “teachers, having itching ears.” Thank you for your diligence when wayward souls “turn away their ears from the truth,” and have “turned unto fables.”
Thank you for being watchful, for enduring afflictions, for doing “the work of an evangelist,” and for making “full proof of the ministry.” Thank you for your dedication to “stir up the gift of God which is in thee.”
Thank you for not being “ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.”
Thank you for being “strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Thank you for taking the things you have learned from the Word of God and committing it “to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
Thank you for continuing in your diligent study of God’s Word showing yourself “approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly diving the word of truth.” Thank you for holding fast to the “form of sound words [doctrine].”
Thank you for enduring “hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Thank you for reminding us of our Christian responsibility and that “The Lord knoweth them that are His.” Thank you for unashamedly confronting us that “every one that nameth the name of Christ” is to “depart from iniquity.”
Thank you for not being afraid to warn us to “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity,” and “peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Thank you for cautioning us to avoid “foolish and unlearned questions…knowing that they do gender strifes.” Thank you for teaching us how to be “the servant of the Lord,” that we “must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,” and to be meek.
Thank you for warning of the “perilous times” that “shall come” and warning us of all the allurements and dangers of this world’s system.
Thank you for sounding the alarm of those that have “a form of godliness” but are “denying the power thereof.” Thank you for being bold enough to tell us to “turn away” from such things.
Thank you for not candy-coating the world, but for preparing us for hard times and helping us to recognize that those who “live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Thank you for not misleading us into thinking that things will get better and better, but rather, “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Thank you for warning us about those who have “loved this present world,” and that we are to avoid them.
Thank you for encouraging us to continue “in the things we have learned,” pointing us to “the holy Scriptures, which are able to make” us “wise unto salvation through faith which is Christ Jesus.”
Thank you for preaching boldly that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Thank you for proclaiming this truth which leads us to maturity.
Thank you for living your life as a testimony of fighting the “good fight,” finishing your course, and keeping the faith. Thank you for helping us keep a heavenward view by reminding us that “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
And thank you for alerting us that we may have to stand alone in this present evil world, and that even though others might forsake us, to recognize that the Lord stands with us and gives us strength. Thank you for the assurance that the Lord will deliver us and preserve us “unto his heavenly kingdom.”
We know this way is not easy and it is not popular, but it is right. Please keep on preaching Biblical truth regardless of the opposition and regardless of the growing antagonism from this world’s system.
Thank you Pastor! Happy Pastor Appreciation Month!
(Scripture quotations taken from II Timothy)