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Cu ce se laudă păstorul?

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Uneori suntem ispitiți să privim în urmă și din obișnuința de a face rapoarte, să ne lăudăm cu realizări și cu ținte atinse. Aparent, nu e nimic rău în asta. Mai apare pe ici pe colo câte un raport care anunță numărul de “decizii pentru Christos” în urma unei predici sau a unor selujbe de evanghelizare, iar asta ar trebui să ne bucure. Totuși, nu putem să nu ne întrebăm dacă nu cumva ne lăudăm prea mult cu lucruri care țin într-o măsură foarte mică de noi. Și totuși, o predică bine făcută, studiată temenic și artistic prezentată nu poate să aibă rezultate notabile pe care să le putem și raporta? Mai mult, alte realizări notabile care ne definesc din punct de vedere intelectual, cultural, social, cum ar fi diplome, medalii, onoruri, … nu pot fi ele raportate sau macar amintite în vre-o predică sau discuție? Tony Evans pare a fi de o altă părere. Pornind de la relația personală a păstorului cu Dumnezeu și continuând cu felul în care păstorul se prezintă în biserică și societate el afirmă că nimic din ceea ce am făcut sau obținut nu este mai important decât Cunoașterea lui Dumnezeu. Tony Evans spune: “una din cele mai mari tragedii pentru așa mulți din predicatorii din zilele noastre este că pot pregătii predici, pot studia notițele, pot organiza ideile în schițe, pot fi conștienți de existența lui Dumnezeu, și pot avea toate informațiile corecte … dar să nu îl cunoască pe Dumnezeu cu adevărat.” În acest articol descoperim că prioritatea oricărui păstor sau predicator trebuie să fie apropierea de Dumnezeu și cunoașterea Lui intimă. Ei, asta da pricină de laudă!

The One Boast Every Preacher Should Be Sure to Make

Tony Evans

Knowing God is the most meaningful pursuit in life. Jeremiah 9:23–24 expresses the importance of this better than anything else I’ve seen. We read, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me.'”

It’s amazing how many things we sometimes use to try and lift ourselves up in other people’s eyes. We may do this while we’re preaching, trying to be subtle about it—whether it’s name-dropping or listing big, theological words in a way that makes us sound especially smart. Or we could mention a master’s degree or doctorate in conversation, perhaps throwing in a cum laude we achieved.

God says, “If you are going to lift yourself up in front of others, do it about knowing Me; if you can’t talk about that, then you don’t have much to brag about anyhow.”

Knowing God is more than having a religious experience with Him or explaining how you feel about Him. To know Him is to enter into a relationship with Him so He is the dominant Influencer of your thoughts and actions.

One of the great tragedies for so many of our preachers today is that you can prepare your sermons, study your notes, make your outlines, be aware of God, and have all your information correct … but never truly know Him.

The pursuit of knowing God is more than information. It is more than study. It is your spirit abiding with His Spirit on an ongoing basis. It is to be life’s most authentic pursuit. Jesus spoke of this in His high priestly prayer when He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:1–3).

Knowing God must be the priority of every minister and person called to teach His Word. It must be our highest aim. We must search for Him with all our hearts as it says in Deuteronomy 4:29. Likewise, the sage says the knowledge of God is like a man searching for silver (Prov. 2:4). Where can silver be found? Silver is found beneath the ground, which requires digging, time, dedication and intentional pursuit. The reward is overwhelming and a treasure worth cherishing.

There is no better way to know God than to hide His Word in your heart. Now, I didn’t say to study His Word, but rather to hide it deep within. Let it resonate and abide in you so His thoughts—His perspective—begin to take root and overflow into all that you do. As you come to know Him, you will discover a growing process of intimacy, a closeness that will compel you to want to know Him even more.

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith. TonyEvans.org

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