Businessmen Committed to World Evangelism

Since you are a Businessman Committed to World Evangelism I wanted to take this opportunity to share something with you from the perspective of a pastor.  You are a very special man and you have a very special ministry to fulfill.  If you would lend me the time I would like to share a brief message with you.  I did ask John if it would be ok for me to send you this note and I hope that it will be a blessing to all of you and help you to “Comfort your Pastor” like Paul was comforted from one of the churches in his ministry.  Timothy had just arrived from Thessalonica with news from the church there. This news comforted Paul even though he was in distress and affliction and he said to them that he would be able to live now and stand fast in the Lord.  After the text that follows I will share something that you can do that would be a comfort to your pastor.  Our goal is to be yokefellows or partners in the ministry and I know that you want to be just that a partner and a blessing.

But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?  I Thessalonians 3:6-10

You can comfort your pastor first by your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Another way that you can comfort your pastor will come to you in a week or so.  Let’s consider how you can exhibit your faith. 

First you exhibit your faith by walking in truth.  II John 4 says “I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.”  You will comfort your pastor if you walk in truth.  You may know what truth is but do you walk in it?  Examine yourself to see if you are a comfort to your pastor.  Do you live it?  If your pastor needed an example of someone who lived the truth that he preaches would he choose you?  You are a Businessman COMMITTED to World Evangelism.  I know that you know what is right but do you exhibit what you know?  The truth is that you do not need to be taught anymore truth until you live what you already know.

A second way that you can exhibit your faith would be to continue in the faith and to walk in the faith even when afflictions come.  There are many reasons to fall out by the wayside.  Paul was concerned to know that these men walked in faith even when the tempter came.  He was very worried that they might backslide.  Have you ever wondered if your pastor could be overly concerned, like Paul, that you would be faithful and withstand the temptations?  It comforted Paul when Timothy got there and told him that the Christians were standing firm in their faith and love.  He was also excited to know that they still remembered him and wanted to see him.  This brings me to some questions that you can answer to help you see if you are comforting your pastor.  How are you handling affliction or trouble?  Maybe your work is worrying you or money is tight or you are having family problems.  Your pastor probably sees your worry; he hears about your problems and is very concerned that you will be able to stand fast in the Lord.  Instead of allowing him to help you maybe you draw away from the pastor who really loves you and cares for you.  He needs to hear about your needs to be able to help you.  You do not want to bother him but he hurts more not knowing because he loves you.  Do you allow affliction to get you out of church?  Do you allow your problems to separate you from the man that God gave you to watch for your soul?  Hebrews 13:17.  Do you express your love for your pastor? Does he know that you have good memories and thoughts of him and “desire greatly to see him”? 

Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.  For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:            I Thessalonians 3:1-6

A third and last way to comfort your pastor would be that you are growing in faith and love.  His hunger is to see you become all the man of God you can and should be. You are and have proclaimed by being a Businessman Committed to World Evangelism, to be your pastor’s yokefellow and partner.  If that is who you are then you should be growing.  Sometimes we take a major step like the step to become a Businessman Committed and somehow think that we have arrived.  We may even draw away from our pastor and find our fellowship and help from other businessmen.  It is ok to get all the help you can from others but remember your pastor loves you and desires with all of his heart to see you grow.  Don’t make the mistake of pulling away. Read these Scriptures that are in this note.  They show you very plainly how much Paul, their pastor, loved them and wanted their relationship to grow.  Are you growing? Is your example in giving, serving, loving, etc. growing in your church and ministry? 
We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;  II Thessalonians 1:3
 I have tried to outline three ways you can comfort your pastor. Here are some questions to meditate on that might help you to see if you are comforting your pastor as I know you wish to do.

1.                  Are you walking, living the committed life that you profess where all can see it?
2.                  Have you allowed problems, stress, or business to separate you from your relationship with your pastor?
3.                  When is the last time that you did something to say to your pastor that you love him?
4.                  What are you doing to help him carry the load that God has given him as your pastor?
5.                  Are you an example of the truths that you are committed to communicating?
6.                  Can your pastor count on you to carry out the commission that you, your church and your pastor have been given?

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