“But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
- Acts 6:4
What is the job of the pastor? What does he do every day? A problem arose in the time of the apostles. The church was young. It had just begun. Many came to Jesus by faith. The church in those days started to care for the poor widows that had received Christ. One day the Greek believers began to complain against the Hebrews. Why? Because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. The apostles told the people of the church, “…It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.” In other words, they said, “We have an important and great work to do in prayer and in the Word of God. We don’t have time to serve tables.” They later appointed deacons for these services. The work of the pastor is to serve God in prayers and in the study and preaching of the Bible. The word “pastor” means “shepherd”. Don’t forget that Jesus is the Good Shepherd! The pastor could be called the “undershepherd”. The church is the Lord’s flock, and the members of it need spiritual food. It is the work of the pastor to deliver this spiritual food from God’s Word to the believers. Jesus told Peter, “Feed my sheep”! If the sheep are not fed well, they will grow weak and sick. Don’t forget the enemy of the sheep! The wolf! Satan is the enemy of God’s flock. The pastor, through spiritual prayer, serves God in the battle against the enemy. The apostles said, “we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” Amen!