THE STRENGTH OF GOD’S PEOPLE STARTS WITH ITS LEADERSHIP
“A son honoreth his father and servant his master: if then be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Said the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (Malachi 1:6).
Stop! Before you run away because you think this is a begging article, it’s not. It is a reminder to the leaders of God’s people: to lead God’s people by example, to honor God through reverence and purity! Christians are not required to offer lamb’s blood as an offering to God. This was made possible through our Lord Jesus Christ, who was the perfect and final blood offering for our sins. However, Christians leaders have a divine duty to make prayer offerings daily, to seek the will of God for his people. The congregation members are not called to be the Priest’s/Pastor’s personal servants! We are all called to be servants of God, and all that we do should be for the kingdom of God. The spiritual talents that we have received from the Holy Spirit, are being misappropriated by the leadership for personal gain. What honor is left for God when the offerings of service and dedication are being sifted by a leader with a NEBUCHADNEZZAR complex? Jesus always sacrificed prayer to God to receive spiritual power to do God’s will, and not his own! “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30). The priests in Malachi were offering God garbage at his altar, not the pure sacrifice that he requires! Spiritually dysfunctional congregations are under a leadership that does offer pure prayers to God for spiritual guidance, thereby lacking spiritual strength. The Strength of God’s People Starts with its Leadership!
Leaders of the house of God knows there is one above them, who will hold them accountable for their spiritually polluted administration. “Thus saith the Lord of hosts to you; O Priests.” God has a word for unfaithful ministers; and it concerns those who speak from God to his people. The ministers are not preaching the words God wants his people to hear. Such as, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrigheousness.” (I John 1:9). On the contrary, unfaithful ministers avoid preaching on repentance, which is the cord of our salvation! Thereby, the people are convinced they have no sins and return to their vomit! “If we say that we have no sins, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8). It is an uncompromising and a fitting reproof, which is given to the priests/pastors, for the rebellion of the holy things of God. Are ministers spending sincere time in prayer or are they running a fundraising campaign? If pure and sincere prayers were being offered to God daily, there would be no need for fundraisers. How could that be, you ask? Because God would touch the hearts of his people and everyone would be obedient in their giving. Thereby, the congregation’s missionary needs would be met!! Leaders have to offer their quality time to pray for themselves, their congregation and to seek God’s will!
One of the main reasons the Spiritual Church is weak, is because the leadership is spiritually weak! Many leaders are not honoring God and they do not fear God! They have forgotten God their Father and Master in heaven, and the duty they owe him. Jesus instructs us to go directly to God: who we address, “Our Father,” making our petitions in His name. Jesus directs us “Use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do. Offering prayer is a time of giving God praise and thanks for his grace and mercy and love. All ministers should be showing faith in God’s divinity and ability. “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6). Here is where the Church’s trouble rest, in the lack of prayer. The leaders cannot receive God’s healing application, if the leader is not presenting the sicknesses of the people to God in prayer for a remedy!
Since the lack of sacrificial prayer is the crime of the priests/pastors today, we have reason to fear also, the people are guilty of a non-existing prayer life! Consequently, what is said to the priests/pastors is said to all. It is said to all, who as Christians profess obedient and followers of Jesus Christ. God expects his people to honor him, “A son honors his Father”, God is our Father and we must honor him. But when the priests/pastors, who are children of God, his servants, do not fear and honor him, what can God expect from the sheepfold? Ministers must stop despising God by not praying or offering him second-hand prayers, polluted with selfish intentions for their personal ambitions! Stop using the talents of God’s people to lift your business ventures; and minimizing the business of God. The priests/pastors lack of spiritual duty is weakening the body of Christ; and endangering the souls God’s people. If the spiritual leader is an adulterer, so are the followers. If the spiritual leader is an alcoholic, so are the followers. If the spiritual leader demand that God be shown honor and reverence, the congregation will do so! The Strength of God’s people starts with its Leadership!
For the record, this is written to strengthen priests/pastors and the congregation of Jesus Christ. It’s time to dismantle the flesh and walk in the Spirit of God and offer our Heavenly Father pure and sincere prayers. God bless you and amen!
Written by Rev. Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor