Stop Hiding Behind the Pulpit

Why do we hide our true identity as men, husbands and fathers behind our church pulpit? Do we lack self-esteem? Is there a reputation to protect? Or is it that we fear that if the reality was to come out about our lack of, it would devastate our manhood?

Very often in our churches we are surrounded by godly men or what we are taught to know as godly men. Men who pray, sing, minister, preach and teach. They are great men at church, always smiling, hugging, shaking hands and sitting with their family in the same row. Wow! That’s how I want my family to be. I want to be that man. We are taught that men of God are selected or chosen for ministry by our churches if they pray a lot, if when they preach the Sheetrock from the walls shake or when they sing the “glory” of God descends upon the people.

We are used to seeing that the resume of a great leader, great minister consists of outward occurrences.  Notice that I used the word occurrences. Things must happen that we see in order to know for sure that God has chosen that person for ministry.  But is there not a deeper requirement for ministry? Have we really overlooked the true requirement of ministry? Why? Is it overlooked on purpose? What is this deeper requirement?

Let us focus on a very commonly preached story, the children of Eli. Now Eli was the High Priest during the time of 1 Samuel.  We quickly focus on the horrible way his children, the very ministers of the altar, conducted themselves.  In a manner that dishonored the very name of God.  They took their position as Priests and abused it (still common in today’s church). Now what was more impacting was the discipline that the High Priest Eli had with his children. According to 1Sa 3:13  For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

The High Priest Eli did not in any way or form discipline his children. Yet, he accepted the sacrifices of all the people of Israel for their sins, he was tasked with speaking and teaching the Law of God to Israel, he was separated and anointed to be the very representation of God on earth. What is very interesting about the story is not what Eli’s sons were doing, it was not the lack of correction that Eli had, It was what was going on during the time Eli was conducting his children in this horrible manner.

The bible says in 1Sa 3:1 and the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those daysthere was no open vision.

Now the word precious here in this verse is not used in the context that the Word of God was amazing or great, which it always is, however it is used in the context that the Word of the Lord was not being taught as much as it was supposed to. Now the latter part of this verse states “there was no open vision”. The Lord did not speak very much during this time according to this verse. The prophets were not prophesying. There was NO voice of God during this time. This teaches that the importance cannot be only placed on anything that I can do outwardly but there is an underlining requirement which is found in 1Ti 3:5  (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) This verse is self-explanatory. It is located in the very book we are urged to study and live.  Yet, can there be a reason why this is ignored or covered up.

The story of Eli shows a shocking correlation between a failed house hold and ministry. Bad minister at home = bad minister at church. 1 Timothy 3:5 says it clearer. If we chose to ignore this we are only fooling ourselves and weakening the church. Healthy Father, Man and Husband will reflect on your role as a minister in any capacity. Take heed father, husband and man of God. Let us not be fooled. Let us not ignore our most important ministry and task on earth, Our Family.

We ask God so many times “Lord I want a ministry, Lord I want to minister”.  And the Lord says you have a ministry, it is located under your roof. Healthy Home, Healthy Church. What do you focus on more in your church Pastor?

Peace and Blessings,

Minister Joshua Luis Amaro