1 Timothy 2:1-2 – First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. (GNB)
I go outside each day to look for signs of spring in the backyard. Each day there is something new. Yesterday, I spotted a male robin perched on top of my neighbour's blue spruce tree. I had never seen a bird on the top of that spruce tree before. He looked like an ornament on top of a Christmas tree. I pondered for a moment at what this could mean. I knew God was trying to tell me something.
During the night as I rested I gained insight. I felt a little like Joseph interpreting a dream. These are the thoughts that came to me. The blue spruce tree represents the congregation. The robin represents the minister. It is an illustration of how we sometimes put our minister on a pedestal. The robin was an ordinary robin on an ordinary spruce tree. Birds often perch on trees so this was natural for him. Yet I saw him as a special bird with a special message to me from God.
I have discovered in the course of writing devotionals for the Daily that our ministers are just ordinary folks like other Christians. We are all sinners saved by God. Our ministers are truly human and face many of the same struggles and challenges as the rest of us. I have been pleased to receive messages from ministers in response to my devotionals. These messages show true humility and true humanity. I have seen prayer requests from clergy on the PrayerLine. Many of these requests provide insight into the lives of our ministers and their families. These prayer requests reveal the same trials that the rest of us encounter in daily living.
Just because God has sent men and women to teach and preach does not mean that they are any less human than we are. I believe that our ministers need our friendship, love, and support to carry on with their ministry. Often we put these Christian brothers and sisters on a pedestal. Other times we are quick to criticize.
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for bringing faithful men and women to be our ministers. What a gift you give us! We sometimes fail to remember that they are human beings like us. Help us to provide support, encouragement, and friendship to our ministers and their families. Help us to remember to pray for them. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.