Many people think that a pastor only works a few hours per week. They do not think about the hours of sermon preparation, meetings, praying, counseling, and many other things that can creep up.
I’m not writing this to address the aforementioned parts of the work. I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the pastor. The one who cries when someone walks away from the faith. The one who prays for years for someone to give her life to Christ. The one who cries out to God when someone hates him for no other reason than he is the pastor.
The pastor is much like John who said in III John 4, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” The reverse is the same. I have no greater heartache than to hear that those whom I spiritually oversee are dabbling in drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. and are jumping from house to prison to another house. These things grieve me. Why? Because the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart, and I love people.
You might look at your pastor as some religious nut, but it may be that he loves you more than your parents do. It could be that your pastor cries out to God for you on a daily basis because he wants God’s best for you. So next time you want to complain or speak badly of your pastor, consider these things. He may be the one who prayed for God to protect you, and God answered His prayer. Ponder that!