LESSON 16: The Pastor-Teacher: From the Milk to the Meat
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for those that are in a condition of maturity, through habitually having their mental understanding exercised towards judging between both what is good and what is bad.
When a baby is born, the mother knows well that it cannot take in any solid food and that it cannot take care of itself just yet. She breastfeeds her baby and takes care of it daily. She never leaves it alone and pays attention to every little sign of need for her care.
As the baby grows and becomes more independent, everything changes. After a few months she starts to feed it mashed potatoes and then one step at a time, more solid food. At first she still cuts the food into small pieces so that the child can chew it nicely, because it doesn’t have that many teeth yet. As the baby grows up even more, it finally manages to cut its own food into pieces and to eat it by itself. A mother knows exactly which is the best food for each of her children and she prepares it accordingly.
A pastor-teacher has the same task in the church. They are called to be a mother in the body of Christ. They are the kind of leader that sees how the people around them are doing and then takes care of their needs. It even goes a step further. It is good to see how someone is doing and to care about them, but it is also important to be able to give them the right food and the right help at the right time.
A new believer for example, does not need any great theological paper about the end times, but needs to learn the basics about the Christian life. They need to hear that Jesus loves them and that He desires to have a personal relationship with them. They need to hear and experience that Jesus cares about them and never leaves them alone.
The tasks of the pastor in the church are on one hand to teach new believers all the basics, but on the other hand also to be the image of Christ to them. If you are there for them as a pastor and care for them, then they will experience through you, what Jesus is really like and it will strengthen their trust in Him.
From a new believer to a mature believer, the pastor is there to meet their need. Each believer is at a different point in their walk with the Lord and the task of the pastor-teacher is to see where they are and to feed them accordingly.
This is not always an easy task, but the Lord has called people to be this kind of pastor and mother in His body. However, it is not a glorious task that puts you in the limelight, but it is a task that is often accomplished in the background where no one sees.
Nevertheless it is a very rewarding task, because if you invest your love and your time into people, you will start to see fruit in them. Christians that started out as "babys" will grow up and probably even become leaders in their own right in the body of Christ.
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