Unquestionably, many think they believe in Jesus. Pastors around the globe regularly talk to people who claim faith in Christ. Equally, every one of us looks at them and wonder’s how they can say such words. To us, it is not judgmentalism. We put it in perspective. We know how horrible David was. We know who Paul was before Jesus called upon him. We know Solomon, Abraham and so many others who believed but their lives spoke of so much unbelief. Equally, we know Job and John and so many others. We see other things. Pastors see the most delicate faith filled loving believers and we see the most base and challenging believers. While we rejoice in all of them. Equally, we wonder why so many more want to be David and Peter believers rather than John, Joseph and Daniel believers.
Equally, we are concerned for souls. We want our believers to be John’s and Joseph’s. We know these believers best emulate the fruits of the spirit. We encourage them to walk this walk. Pastors also understand there are many like the Pharisees who say they believe, but their belief is extremely limited and not unto salvation.
Of all those in the world, God’s servants are given to assess individual faith and encourage people in their spiritual growth. This assessment is never meant to be judgmental. We are given responsibility to watch for your souls . We are charged with briefing the Father on our people. We are supposed to know them and their challenges. (Heb 13:17)
If we consider these truths, we find that we shoudl help our pastor. Our faith in God must extend to supporting and loving His servant. In John 12:42-43 the Pharisees believed in Jesus, but they would not submit to Him as Messiah. They believed He was sent, that He was who He said He was, that He was the Christ, but they would not separate themselves from the world unto Him.
Pharisees were the spiritual rulers but they are not an island unto themselves. People today under the New Covenant, are responsible for living out their own salvation in fear and trembling are equally not an island unto themselves. They struggled giving up their worldly position to anyone. People are no different today. Where the Pharisees should have submitted to Jesus, the people of today should be submitted to their pastoral leadership. Where the Pharisees should have had saving faith in the Messiah, people today should understand the pastor’s unique position in the congregation. In many ways, we see great parallels between Pharisees of yesterday and people claiming Christ today. Believer, help your pastor, believe in God’s choice for his leadership and position. Share your life with him so he can give a good report. He will not judge you, he loves you.