Pastor Cliff Eason
Pastor Cliff Eason
NEWS ANCHOR:

What are the major differences in ministry character between one (pastor) whose been called vs. being chosen?  Give us an understanding of what this means exactly from the scripture
Matthew 22:14   For many are called, but few [are] chosen.


PASTOR EASON:


“I do not believe that there is much difference between being called or being chosen, when it comes to serving in the role of pastor. What we fail to realize is that if God calls you than that means he has chosen you. He chooses before he calls. So when God calls that means he has already chosen. When you read the book of Jeremiah Chapter 1 vs. 5 God specifically lets Jeremiah know that he had already chosen him before he was in his mother’s womb. Unfortunately, many pastors believe that they are not chosen but they know they have been called. They base this opinion based on how fast or how big their ministry that they serve grows. Sometimes they may even base this on what they see on television. This type of thinking could hurt a pastor. The pastor must do what God has given them to do.”

In understanding Matthew 22:14” For many are called but few are chosen”. This scripture has been used throughout many of our pulpits unfortunately without clarification. Jesus was telling a parable of a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. The guests ignored the invite that the king had sent out after he had prepared everything for those who came and accepted the invitation. However, someone had got in who did not come dressed properly for the feast and he was thrown into darkness. In essence, many had been called to come to the wedding but some did not reject the call which allowed them to be chosen to stay. This is how the day will be when Christ comes back for believers. Many had been called to come and be a partaker in the wedding feast of the Lamb of God, but only some have been chosen because they have right standing with God because they followed the plan of salvation to accept Jesus Christ. This scripture has nothing to do with position. This has a lot to do with relationship.

NEWS ANCHOR:

Wow! Very well defined Pastor Eason.  Your spiritual insight is timely.  You're going to help a lot of people understand that the only person who can keep them from entering in is themselves.  I believe a tremendous number of ministers and readers overall can benefit from your observation because essentially what you're saying is don't get caught up in how it looks on the outside.  God called you.  God chose you. God predestined you for His purpose and though we all have different visions the mission is still the same:  To preach the gospel! Let's talk for a minute about the Shepherd and flock relationship...  From a pastoral point of view are pastors overly protective with the sheep and, or maybe even too careless at times with equipping them with the necessary information to prepare to meet the King to get into the Kingdom?

PASTOR EASON:

Pastors have been given a responsibility to protect those whom God has placed in their care. But every leader must not violate the sheep. Protection if not balanced could end up being control or abuse. Many pastors feel like they “OWN” the people of God, By using manipulation to keep the people of God with the word of God. This is wrong. This could ultimately result in sheep becoming hurt, abused, or even taking advantage of by the enemy because of a pastor who has been “overly” protective. Do not get me wrong pastors have a responsibility to protect the sheep in the sense that we lead the people of God to truth and a word from God that will encourage them. But when I see people worship the creature more than the creator I get deeply concerned. If a pastor is not careful according to Jeremiah 23 they could be jeopardizing everything that may have worked hard for in ministry. The bible says in Jeremiah 23 vs. 1,”Woe unto the Shepherds who feed my sheep, you have scattered my sheep. We are called to care for the people of God and not to abuse them. A shepherd’s job is to look out for anything that would come and hurt the sheep (i.e. wolves, lions, the enemy, etc.) and to lead the sheep to pastures that they could eat from that will make them healthy and grow; which is the Word of God. I suggest that everyone who reads this read Jeremiah 23. Not to sound preachy but the bible also proclaims in James 3:1, Many of you should not become teachers in the church for those who teach will be judged more strictly. So every pastor must know that they can not get away with treating God’s people like they are nothing because even the pastors are God’s people. But it is with only love that brings the body of Christ together. Too many pastors want to be famous and have a big church, with a lot of programs. But sadly too many do not have a big heart to serve God’s people. Many leaders today expect people to serve them but they will not serve the people of God!

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Have you ever wondered what the difference between "Being Called" & "Being Chosen" really means? Pastor Cliff Eason of Power of the Word Ministries takes NewsChannelChurch readers sea diving into the deep parts of the word! Tamicia Currie begins THE INTERVIEW...
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