Have you ever had a thought that turned into a conversation with God? I was mowing my yard and thought “does everyone have or need a pastor?” I mean is there ever a time when it’s okay to not have one? The answer came to me right away and I found it in1 Corinthians 11:3 where it says, “The head of every man is Christ.” So right away it seemed my answer was not whether one had someone they called pastor or not but rather that Christ is the head of every man.
When I finished mowing I came inside and not only found 1 Corinthians 11:3 but I then remembered what Paul wrote in Ephesians. He said God gave “some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” Now this verse is one I have read and taught on for a while, but it was the next couple of verses that caught my attention this time. If you keep reading you will discover these offices God gave to the church had a specific function. They were given “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 fullness of Christ.” With the end result being that we are no longer children (in the faith) that are tossed here and there regarding doctrine. Once it had been established in my mind that these offices in the church were for the maturing of the saints it seemed to make sense to me they would one day be unnecessary.
In the early days of the church, as recorded in the book of Acts, the goal was to go out–not stay in. The Bible tells us in Acts 13 the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” While it seems nowadays we are all about filling up buildings full of people the early church was all about emptying them into the streets. In fact some of Jesus’ last words to his disciples were “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” He never intended for them to hole up somewhere and form a religion. He never gave them instructions on church attendance, Bible reading or quiet time but he did say “Go make disciples.”
Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. I am in no way against prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. I myself love teaching the Word, but the goal isn’t to keep people around, it’s to send them away. Once people are sufficiently equipped to make disciples, rather than simply being one, they need to get with it. We all need mentors and teachers for a while, but there comes a time when we truly, truly realize that “the head of every man is Christ.” We no longer have to have someone to guide every step or decision we make because we have grown up in our faith, and we have learned to hear from Christ ourselves. Go ye therefore!
Written by Louie