God-ordained Pastors

I have heard someone say that the age of the local church is past and

that there is no longer any use for God-ordained Pastors. It is easy for

a weed to speak this way, because it can thrive upon that which is

natural, without any tending, but the flower of God’s planting is not

so. It is what it is because of the continual attention and masterful

touch of the Husbandman.

The Master Gardener takes great care to continually water, prune,

protect, defend from parasites and walk among His garden. He uses the

same means He always has in order to accomplish this: Ephesians 4:11 And

he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and

some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the

work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we

all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of

God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness

of Christ.

Since God gave gifts unto men, and men as gifts in order to accomplish

these spiritual things, are we expected to believe that He no longer

desires to bring His people to maturity, unity and greater knowledge in

Christ, or that He has found a better way to do it that He has not

revealed in His Book? The language of the goat is absurd to the sheep.

The goat may wander and scrounge and eat whatever scrap lay in their

path, but the great Shepherd tenderly loves His sheep, and so He still

says to His men, in the timeless language of His glorious word, “If you

love Me, feed my sheep.” Chris Cunningham.

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