How Can You Bless Your Pastor This Christmas?

16 Dec

I have often thought that, in most churches, pastors get more credit than they deserve and more blame than they deserve. Most of the time, the third grade Sunday School teacher isn’t showered with compliments every Sunday and gifts at Christmastime, but neither is he or she asked why the sanctuary is so cold or blamed when offerings are low.

As an expression of appreciation, pastors are often given gifts at Christmas by members of the congregation. These gifts are appreciated. A restaurant gift card, a nice note, a gift for my children, other expressions like these are wonderful. But I want to share with you today the one way you can bless your pastor most fully this Christmas (if he is a good pastor). Are you ready?

Grow in love for God.

Any pastor with a real heart for ministry will be far more thrilled with a congregation of joyful worshipers than with a gift card or a box of candy. You will bless your pastor by sharing with him the things you are learning from God’s Word, not just through his teaching, but in your own reading. You will encourage your pastor by sharing with him answers to prayer. The best gift you can give your pastor is to not to love him or give him adulation. The best gift you can give him is to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle John expressed this heart’s desire in 3 John, verse 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”   The apostle Paul had this heart for the growth of those with whom he ministered as well. He wrote in the first chapter of 2 Corinthians, ” Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy.”

Of course, I’m not saying that your motivation for growth should be to please your pastor. I’m simply saying that if you and others in your congregation are growing, you are going to have a happy pastor, whether he receives a gift card at Christmas or not.

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