Years ago, I worked at a shoe store. At first I had the job of operating the loud, annoying microphone to announce deals throughout the store. I was given a very specific job description... I even had the title of "mic person." Then, they needed a cashier. My job title and description changed a little, but it was made very clear what my job was. I was to run the register and occasionally between customers announce deals over the speaker. The job was pretty easy to keep up with because I knew exactly what was expected of me.
Then, not too long after that, the office coordinator resigned. This left a void in the office... A pretty important job! I was a convenient replacement. There was only one problem. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. The manager of the shoe store wasn't sure either. I had a title... Office coordinator... But my job description was unknown. We knew I was supposed to count money and turn in some paperwork, but other than that... Clueless! I ended up doing all kinds of odds and ends jobs. I still ran the register and the microphone. I helped stock shelves and tend to customers. I counted money in the safe each morning and filled in some paperwork.
We didn't realize there was a problem until the regional manager came and asked why most of the store's paperwork was never being turned in. The regional manager was totally shocked when he found out I was never trained or told what my complete job was. I didn't get in trouble, but my manager did!
After a long story like that, it is tough switching on your spiritual thinker... But let's think about Ephesians...
Ephesians 4:11-12 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:"
The pastor of a local church is a precious gift from the Lord. His title gives some understanding of what his role is just like my titles at the shoe store told me what my role was. He is a pastor/teacher... The terms pastor and teacher are actually linked here. Pastor means shepherd. And teacher means, well... One who teaches.
What is his job description? Well, he is to shepherd God's flock in the local church and teach them for the perfecting of the saints. He trains them so that they can grow in Christ... For the work of the ministry. So what is the job description of the people in the church who are not the pastor/teacher? To learn from the pastor/teacher and then go out and do the work of the ministry!
The goal? The edifying of the body of Christ!
So what does this all mean for you and me?
1. Have you been thankful for the gift God gave you in your pastor?
2. Do you understand his job description? Have you been expecting him to do your job?
3. Do you understand your job description? You and I are being trained to do the work of the ministry... Are we doing it?
Unlike my shoe store job, we have a trainer (the pastor) ... We have a manual (the Bible) ... We have a job description (the work of the ministry.) Are we sitting on the pews and expecting the trainer to do our job? Are we listening to the trainer? Are we neglecting the training manual?