Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. (Pro 12:25 NIV)
A cheerful heart is good medicine . . . (Pro 17:22a NIV)
We all experience days when we feel a little down or maybe worried or stressed out. On days like those, we all appreciate a cheerful word or a phone call from a friend. We all need encouragement, and we need other believers to come alongside of us occasionally to strengthen us.
We need a fellow believer to encourage our faith, to remind us of God’s goodness and glorious attributes, and to let us know that we are loved by God. Only another person who follows Jesus, and has experienced life’s challenges and victories is able to help us in this way. I encourage us all to cultivate friends who are fellow believers and who have been serving the Lord longer than we, ourselves, have.
Jesus taught us to love one another, and to be kind to one another. He gave us His own example of how to live like this.
Offering hope, support, and cheer to one another is a wonderful and practical way to spread God’s love in this stress-laden world. It’s important to encourage yourself first, in the Word of God. Another way to encourage yourself in the Lord is to remember all of the answered prayers you have experienced, and to remember all of the miracles that God has performed in the past in answer to your prayers. Rejoice! Thank and praise the Lord for these past testimonies and victories. Once you have done these things, you will have the strength to minister to others.
But take heart! I have overcome the world. (Joh 16:33 NIV)
The Good News is still true. The Lord is always reliable, and we can depend upon His Word and His matchless love. He has overcome!
So take a little time every day to share joy and cheer with everyone around you—with your family, friends, and co-workers. Hallelujah!
Here are standards for those who are Pastors, elders, or leaders in a church. If you would LIKE to become a Pastor, elder, or leader, study the Scriptures to discover what is required of such a person. Then begin to live that out in your life; behave as if you already ARE a Pastor, elder, or leader. It will not go unnoticed by God, and He will put you into the position that you desire. (1 Tim. 3:1)
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords (masters) over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. (1 Pet 5:2, 3 NKJV)
- Shepherd the flock of God AMONG YOU! That means everyone that you come into contact with daily! Make an impact for GOOD on those with whom you connect regularly—including your own family members. (Mk 3:14; 16:15; Ac 5:42; 8:4; Heb 6:10, 11; 2 Tim 4:2)
- We’re to serve as overseers. An overseer is an administrator, manager, or someone who gets things done. We were not elevated to our responsible position in order to prosper financially or to charge people fees. We never saw Jesus give us such an example. We’re to help people—help them receive all that they need by whatever means that the Lord directs us to use. Whatever a person’s needs are, the salvation of Jesus Christ has already met that need! We’re put here to help people to see this truth, and to help them to receive God’s blessings. (Mt 6:10; 16:19; 18:19; Ac 20:28; Phil 4:19; Col 1:27; 1 Joh 5:14, 15)
- We are supposed to serve willingly and eagerly, with a good attitude and cheerful heart. We are called, each one of us, to BE a blessing! (Col 3:23-24; 1 Pet 3:9)
- We are told not to “lord” it over people. Instead we are to sacrifice and humble ourselves even as our Savior, Jesus, sacrificed and humbled Himself to provide and secure our salvation. (Mt 18:4; 23:12; Rom 12:1, 16; Eph 5:2; Phil 2:8; Heb 13:16; 1 Pet 2:5; 5:6; Jas 4:6, 10)
- The sheep have been entrusted to the care of their church leaders, and we are NEVER to harm the sheep. We are serving as an under-shepherd under the authority of Jesus, the Good Shepherd! (Jer 50:6; Eze 34:10; Joh 10:11, 14; 1 Pet 5:4)
- The Word tells us that we should be examples to the flock. Jesus was our example, and we’re to follow in His footsteps. (Joh 13:14-16; Phil 3:17; 1 Pet 2:21)
May God bless you and flood you with His love and grace, as you pursue your leadership role in the Kingdom of God.