Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Be Your Minister’s Armor Bearer

“Humble yourself before God and he will exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6)

Yesterday, as my husband and I sat with my sweet mother-in-law for what seemed like endless hours, waiting for my father-in-law to come out of open heart surgery, a friendly face arrived.  He stayed with us for over four hours and listened endlessly to whatever we said with a pleasant smile.  There was a tireless caring and concern in his demeanor. He refused to leave until the surgery was over, and then escorted family members into the critical care unit to see my father-in-law.  Before he left, he held our hands and led us in prayer. After hugging each of us, he was on his way.

Although comforting sick members and their family is one of a minister’s duties, it occurred to me that he probably had other duties that he fell behind on while he was sitting with us and offering a caring ear. Often, we are quick to criticize our ministers when everything is not just perfect in the church.  I think we should instead choose to be their armor bearers.

According to Terry Nance in his book God’s Armor Bearer, Volume 1 & 2, being an armor bearer is not a stepping stone position, but one of devotion and heartfelt loyalty.  The duty is about defending your minister, helping him in his endless duties with whatever he needs no matter how menial, expecting no reward and remaining humble in his service.  Sometimes ministers have needs away from the church, an armor bearer helps with these needs as well.  It may also mean letting your minister get the glory for what you did, and that is okay.  It’s not about being out front.

Being a minister can be a difficult position.  Instead of waiting for your minister to solve all the church’s problems, join me in my decision to be an armor bearer.  God bless you!

 

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17 thoughts on “Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Be Your Minister’s Armor Bearer”

  1. Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    What a great encouragement and lesson for us all here.

    Not all of us are called to preach, but we are all called to something.

    Maybe your calling it to take care of and protect your preacher? To be his armor bearer.

    Blessings and enjoy!

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  2. Our ministers and pastors have such a touch job. They are in a position to easily be attacked and need our constant prayer so they can continue to lead God’s people and bring more to His flock. Thank you for the reminder.

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  3. I agree in what you shared His Perfect Timing, being under Godly Leadership is a wonderful Blessing that I was blessed with for over 20 years, my Pastor made me feel I was a person of worth too and appreciated very much my Ministries in the Church and showed that he did and so did his wife.

    But what do you do when your Pastor teaches error and is disobedient to God’s Truth, yes we pray for them, we are to Love everyone but not the wrong they do and say and that includes those who are in Authority over us. God must always come first and He tells us as confirmed in Scripture, to Rebuke, Correct and Warn those who Sin or are in error using His Truth and if they do not listen and continue to Sin we are not to fellowship with them or we are to leave the Church if it’s in darkness so we don’t become polluted too.

    Timothy 3: 17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness.That the Man/ Woman of God may be Perfect and thoroughly equipped to do all His good works.

    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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  4. I used to work with a pastor. He told me people have 3 sets of standards; one for themselves, one for others, and one for the minister. People often forget that ministers are human too.

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  5. It appears to me that many churches have an element which tends to be counterproductive to what a community should espouse. Some members feel it is their duty to place impediments in the way of progress; to fault find and nit pick everything. We have an element in our church community that made an attempt to undermine our new minister instead of helping him get on his feet. A few of us decided that we would counter them at every turn. We became his cheerleaders and brought up every single thing he was doing to make our church better whenever they would try to discuss what the nit-picking issue of the week happened to be. After five tireless years of doing this, we find it has produced positive results. I think I will be buying a few copies of this book to pass around.

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  6. Thank you so much. I am very touched my this post. I work full time in a warehouse to put food on the table and am also a lay pastor of a small Presbyterian congregation that has anywhere from 12-20 in attendance. Having the 2 jobs is exhausting, but I am fortunate to have a very supportive congregation.

    Thank you for being an armor bearer. At times I do feel very alone, and it people like yourself who pray and support who make all the difference.

    God bless https://mysundayblog.com/

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