A minister is a person authorised to conduct religious worship. A pastor, a chorister, a usher, a Sunday school teacher, a children teacher, an engineer, a counsellor. A person appointed to a position of worker to serve in any office in the church and the person that performs a service or care or giving aid to the needy.
With those short definitions above, of who a minister is you will agree with us that all of us here are ministers and it therefore implies that what we are about to discuss have relevance to all of us as ministers appointed by God or our leaders to serve in certain office in the church of God.
“Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. 7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle. 8 And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.” Number. 3:6-9.
What is faithfulness? Num. 12:6-8
Adhering firmly and devotedly to a person, cause or idea: loyal. Ruth1:16-17.
To be full of faith. Acts 6:8
To be worthy of trust and reliable. Gen.18:19.
To be consistent with the truth or actuality. Exo. 18:21
God said here that Moses was a special breed that was treated differently from the others. He was more than a prophet. Faithfulness is a deeper level of discipleship. It is not all the followers that are able to move to the category of the faithful. There is a special relationship between the master and the faithful. He discusses what he cannot tell others with them, he show them certain secrets, he tells them the truth that others are not able to hear or bear, he secretly handover to them even while he is still alive.
There are several types of faithfulness required from the Ministers:
FAITHFULNESS TO A CAUSE/MISSION
I really did not understand what it meant for someone to be faithful to a cause or an idea until I read about some soldiers during the 2nd World War. The leader of a battalion was wounded that he could no longer walk in the terrible winter of that season and knowing fully well that he would eventually die or be captured by the advancing enemy, he asked himself to be shot by his team. It was a very difficult thing for them to do remembering how he had saved the rest from danger during the mission, but he had to explain to them that their mission would fail if he was capture by the enemy. He died voluntarily to save the mission and the rest of the team. The call of God is worth more than million souls and this was the fact behind many martyrs who laid down their lives for what they believed and for the sake of the continuity of the mission. The question we need to ask each other is how faithful are you to this faith?
Paul’s readiness to die for what he believed. Acts. 21:10-13.
Job’s readiness to die for the call of God. Job. 19:25-27.
Moses readiness to die when God told him it was over. Deut. 3:27-28. The response of Moses was amazing and I think he probably got the tittle of the meekest man on earth here. I just imagine a state governor just impeached and he had the instructions to do the following: to write his handing over note; to properly make sure that those who love him do not protest because he was unjustly removed; to encourage his deputy who is feeling reluctant to take over to do so and to encourage the people to give him the necessary support to succeed. These were all the things that Moses did when God asked him to stop because he knew from the begining that the mission is not about any individual or post but about the cause. The cause is that the people must reach the Promised Land whether it is going to be Moses or anyone else who lead the people
FAITHFULNESS TO THE MASTER
There used to be a tradition among the Yoruba people of the south-western Nigeria in which the king appoints a willing servant known as Abobaku (Die with the king) who enjoys almost all facilities in the palace. It was a duty for him that the welfare of the king is secured. He was expected to be loyal to the king for life in as much as the king’s existence is his own existence. The day the king dies he is expected to commit suicide and be buried by the side of the king for a continual service along the road to eternity. That is what I called faithfulness in life and death. It is difficult these days to find faithful ministers and what we have immeasurable are ministers that are ready to subvert their masters and leaders to reach the top,
Joshua and Caleb, were faithful to Moses.
Elisha was faithful to Elijah. 2 Kgs. 2:1-5
David Captains were faithful to him. 2 Sam. 23:8-16.
Paul’s love for the master. 2 Cor. 12:15
FAITHFULNESS TO THE FOLLOWERS.
Every leader should be faithful to the people he is leading. By this we mean that he be honest with them and not to deceive them or robbed them in any form. Moses was very faithful to the people he was leading to the extent that he told God to remove his name from the book of life if God was not going to pardon them.
Our Lord Jesus was concerned that he gave his life and made a way for those following him to get to the kingdom of heaven. John14:1-4 “1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
Here are some of the things expected of a faithful leader:
1. Revelation of the truth to his followers. Matt.13:16-17; John.1:50-51
2. Preparing the followers to be like him and probably greater that him. John.14:12
3. Preparing them to take over in case of death or disabilities. 1 Tim.1:18-19
4. Adequate welfare package to encourage them as rewards and motivation. Matt.19:28-29
Some of the things that should be in the mind or character of the faithful are:
How the work will succeed.
How the leaders will not be ridiculed in the performance of his duty.
How to create fresh idea that will make the work expand and easier to do
How to encourage others to what is right.
How to make disciples
In what ways have you contributed to any of the above