“They” have been in every church I served and they seem to be members of every church my friend’s pastor. “They” show up in Deacon’s meetings, committee meetings, phone calls, and even in emails.
Who are they?
“Pastor, they are upset. The decision you made, the phone call you didn’t make, the out-patient surgery you missed, they got their feelings hurt. You pastor offended them.”
That’s right “they” have family members named “them.”
They and them have been around a while. They are easily offended and they never give you the benefit of the doubt. They question your motives, shake your hand, and even give a friendly smile.
You may never know who they are because they never talk with you, they go to others and talk about you. And, we never know how many of them there is.
They ruin our sleep, and can even wreck our ministry. Jesus speaks to they and them and how to deal with those people.
Would it help if Jesus dealt with them too? Jesus told the disciples about them. “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour. What you should speak:” Matthew 10: 19
Is it possible to not worry about them? They will talk, they will complain, and they will hurt our feelings but we aren’t to worry about them.
Sometimes in our churches, they go to other leaders and the leaders don’t know what to do with them. They grew up with them. Now suddenly they are not happy. They need to be heard. Spiritually mature deacons realize these people are the ones who habitually complain.
The next step is to talk with them. But they seem to always be nameless. Even when pushed a church leader will say, “They didn’t want their name mentioned.”
What? How can I find out who they are? If I can’t talk to them, then how can this be fixed?
Jesus speaks again to this, “When they persecute you in this city, flee to another.” Matthew 10:23
Sometimes they become louder than the rest of them. They get their way and we are left wondering why this all happened. Rest assured we are not alone.
Jesus gives another way to deal with them:
- Do Not Fear
“Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” Matthew 10:26
Fear paralyzes us. Jesus says that they will be brought out into the light. That’s right Jesus will uncover them. They will not remain anonymous. These people will not stay hidden forever.
We may not see them here but Jesus will have an uncovering party in heaven. The hidden words will be revealed. The secret meetings will be seen.
Please know pastor, names will be taken. The scales will be balanced. We may have to move churches but God will move heaven to make this happen.
They will answer. I’m starting to feel better about them. How about you?
Keep Looking Up!
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