We do not need anything from creation to understand life and godliness. God has given us everything we need in the Word for that. But just thought I might try to “redeem” what is happening with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dwight Howard, probably the best player at his position in the NBA, is going to be traded to the Lakers (Lord willing? Don’t want to sound blasphemous, but everything is under His hand) this weekend. No one knows if he will stay with the team beyond this next season. But Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ star player over the last 15 years, is excited because of the possibility of a championship this season, and because now there could be another superstar to carry the Lakers after he retires. He knows what is best for the team is that there always be someone to “pass the baton” to.
Pastors should have that same mentality. I am not a superstar at our church by any means, but you get the point. All Christians should always be growing and discipling others. If you’re not doing that, you are living in disobedience to the Lord. All pastors should always be growing and discipling others. And all pastors should work, by God’s grace, to raise up at least one other in the church who could take their place. You do not know what tomorrow holds! Any of us could die tomorrow, and if that happens to a pastor, is there a man in the church who could step right in?
This of course is the beauty of having a plurality of elders, but it is also why it is necessary to always have preachers being trained, always. If you are young like me, it does not hurt to raise up another preacher because you do not know what tomorrow holds. But if nothing else, he could be raised up to possibly pastor at another church. If the preacher that is raised up finds a job somewhere else or plants a church out of your church in another city, praise God! And no sweat, just raise up another preacher by God’s grace. Is this not God’s design for the church?
Honestly, do you think pastor search committees were the hope of the Apostle Paul? Even if a pastor had to step down for unexpected reasons, that’s ok, because you should always have another preacher waiting in the wings. Certainly, no pastor should retire and hand the church over to a pastor search committee! (God bless all those who have ever served on search committees; that is faithfulness on your part in the situation God allowed at your church) Could we not pray, brothers and sisters, for more intentional discipleship in our churches so that we will always have men who are being raised up, and so that we will never need another pastor search committee ever again? Is it not God’s will that we always have sheep with under-shepherds?