The lawyer is working,
The lecturer is working,
The journalist is working,
But the pastor is PLAYING abi?
You try becoming one!
Clap for yourself.
You think everyone else in every other profession is really busy, but when it’s a pastor, you say ‘go and look for a job’
We applaud professions that don’t offer real value to people but think less of those who do.
Footballers earn far more than doctors,
Comedians earn far more than teachers,
Most Pastors earn very little or nothing.
And you think that’s fine?
How has Messi helped your life or given you a new hope for living?
How has Basketmouth saved your marriage or helped deliver you from addiction?
But pastors are involved daily, bearing the brunts of helping people live a better life and yet when we see them own few things we behave as though they don’t deserve anything.
In case you don’t know, being a pastor is one of the most demanding and sacrificial work I know on earth.
I am a pastor. I have been a pastor for the past 10 years now.
I have been to police stations severally because church members.
I have visited several hospitals and spent nights there awake because of church members.
I have travelled long distances, given up my belongings, attended to marriages at the verge of divorce, and conducted funerals all because of church members.
The last was a family who were barely 4 months in church had an accident and the woman and her baby died on the spot. When I got there, their whole family was crying to me, asking me in tears ‘pastor why?’
Who else is supposed to answer such a question? Its always the pastor. Yet in the midst of that, we bring courage and restore hope.
But when it comes to a pastor having money, people will frown and wag their tongue against it. And yet the economy is not different for pastors o!
Everyone else cries but when a pastor does, he has no faith.
Everyone can bring their problems to pastor but no one asks if pastor has eaten, he should tell it to God.
Everyone else can be forgiven when they make a mistake, but pastors’ mistakes are unforgivable. (‘And he calls himself a pastor’ is always the line)
Everyone can be rich but not pastors, else the society will begin to talk.
You will read headlines, “members are poor but pastor is rich” but you won’t ever hear of or read when “members are rich and their pastor is poor”.
You think it doesn’t happen?
I have seen a church where many members have big cars but they all drive home without anyone offering to drop pastor and his family home first, not to talk of buying him a car.
Do you know that majority of pastors are actually struggling financially, taking multiple jobs and even menial ones to survive?
But they won’t tell you, especially the ones who probably deserve it more.
See let me tell you, if you see a pastor doing different jobs while in ministry, let your heart be moved favourably toward them and treat them honourably especially your pastor.
They’re sacrificing a lot.
Instead of you quoting scriptures to teach that pastors should work (as if pastoring is not hard work), it should be your desire to be able to care for them to the point where they won’t have to do other jobs to survive.
Don’t join the bandwagons of those who dislike pastors and do all they can to defame them.
That is why I have decided to be a rich Pastor… No going back.
I broke my vow with poverty a long time ago.
Prophet Isaiah Sovi is an internationally celebrated Zambian born preacher and leader of the Imperial City Church. Follow him on Faceboook.
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