A MANUAL FOR PASTORS:
The Principle of:
It is comforting to a flock under pressure when they know
Those early preachers were aware of the people to whom they ministered and took note of the good that was in them.
The words without ceasing in the above verse, more properly belong with the pre ceding verse about praying. The two words come from the Greek adialeíptos which mean "as an unvarying practice." It was Paul's unvarying practice to pray specifically for the people under his watchful care.
But it was also his unvarying practice to take note of their work of faith, their labour of love, and their patience of hope. Faith, love and hope are three "Kingdom Commodities." They are part of the fruit that the Holy Spirit will produce in us. With each of them come outward expressions: work, labour, patience. Paul took simple note of this and, thus, encouraged the people to grow in their faith, love and hope.
Too many of us in leadership are remiss in taking note of what people do in their service to the Lord, or of what they do for others. When I was a very young Pastor, I went one day into a room where some women were working in preparation for children's Bible classes. When I left the room, I overheard one of them say, "He didn't see a thing we had done." It was too late then, but how I wished I had noticed what they had done and had encouraged them in it. I was insensitive and rude.
One of the most significant things about Paul's ministry was that he
was aware of persons. He called them by name and took note of what they
did. Look at this passage from Romans. The mighty Apostle, recipient
of some of the greatest revelation ever given to man, named person after
person simply because they were people who maintained a work of faith,
a labor of love and a patience of hope.
A PERSON'S NAME is important to them. Do what you can to learn the name of every person under your care and call them by name when speaking to them or of them. This gentle recognition of their worth will prove very comforting to them in the day of trial.
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