“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.” - John 10:1-2
The word ‘pastor’ simply means ‘shepherd’. Jesus is our chief shepherd and He has appointed ‘under- shepherds’ to take care of His sheep.
Jesus says He is the door and the only way into the kingdom of God is through Him. A church is like a sheepfold where His sheep can be protected and cared for. The pastor is a shepherd, who knows the sheep by name and leads them to water and grazing. He represents the chief shepherd in caring for the sheep.
There are those who desire to shepherd and fulfil the roll of a pastor but have never come through the door which is the Lord Jesus. These people, warns Jesus, are thieves and robbers. They do not raise their own sheep but steal and rob them from other folds.
It is important that you have a church where you are committed in fellowship, a place you can call your spiritual home, a place where you can grow spiritually, be trained and equipped to do the work of the ministry.
Jesus says He is the good shepherd who gives His life for the sheep. Pastors who are called of God will be willing to lay down their lives for their congregations.
The church where you surrendered your life to Christ is the place where you need to stay and mature in God. The family you are born into is the family that you are part of. Respect the local church, find your place in it and fill it. Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it. Be a blessing and be willing to submit under those who are shepherds of the sheep.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for calling me, leading me and bringing me into the safety of a church - a sheepfold where I can be cared for, mature and serve.