I revisited the devotional I did on this day last year and it was titled, “Stuck and you don’t even know it.” Now, this doesn’t mean much to you but after bible study on last night, I got excited. Pastor Letcher taught from 1st Timothy 4:6-16 “Preparing for leadership,” and although I couldn’t get my thoughts together last night, the wheels are turning now. See, I’ve come to understand that not everybody who calls themselves leaders are actually worthy of the title. Yea, 1st Timothy 4 talks about good ministers and false teachers because 1st Timothy 4:1 plainly states, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” And if the truth shall be told today, most of the ones who have abandoned the faith are in our churches yet no one has the gall to say something to them or even cast them out. Oh but then 1st Timothy 4:6 says, “If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.” Isn’t that something? It’s the pastor’s responsibility as 2nd Timothy 4:2 says to, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.” We, as Christians, get so caught up in the roles we play that we forget the role we’ve actually been given. Yea, I understand that you’ve been at the church longer, you might be older and wiser, you know the bible front and back but you still have a role to play. It’s time out for playing church because the church, as a whole, is dying. The devil’s tricks are getting clever and we have to be able to discern the many spirits that flock to God’s house on Sunday and this comes by being prepared to lead but you have to first be able to follow. A pastor can’t be a leader if he can’t follow God the same way you can’t become a member of a church if you can’t follow the pastor. Our churches are dying and it’s our job to save them but we can only do that by following God’s commandments. It’s amazing how quick folk are to confront the pastor but you won’t say nothing to the member who is raising all the hell. Pastors need to get back to anointing folk with oil, casting out demons that are taking over our churches and worshipping God the right way. Christians need to get back to being anointed with oil, casting out demons and worshipping God the right way. Study God’s word for yourself and follow Him which will then allow you to follow those who have been put in charge over you and when you do this, God won’t allow you to be led astray. Follow and follow with respect!