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A Pastor, Somewhere in Nagaland
Mika K. Achumi, (    5 Feb. 2018 12:42 AM IST

Our story begins with a young naïve pastor determined to give his best in a newly assigned village. He though a prayerful pastor can meet the need of the ever-grumbling believers so he soaked himself in a profound prayer and fasting. However, little did he knew that he was about to become the talk of the village after some day. His first year’s ministry was not considered fruitful as the believers were of the view that he confined himself excessively to a prayer and lacks home visitation. The same issue reached the pastor and he opted to change his ministry method. Now, the second year he successfully visited all the household in the village and thought he met the needs of the faithful follower of Jesus Christ at large this time. As he was motivating himself for a third-year entry he heard a tale that throughout the year a smoke was not seen ascending from his chimney which in other word was to say that pastor visits believers’ house for a meal-intention. Nevertheless, he pushed himself undeterred by criticisms. The third year followed and he anticipated to hearing a good thing for the reason that he abstained from eating on visits. In spite of his best effort, the unfortunate pastor heard undesired word yet again and this time the grievance was all about escaping meals. The devotees said, “how can we consider him as one of us without sharing meals?” Perhaps, a hard-pressed man now lives a robotic life (programmed by us) leaving aside all his creativity. The church he serves does not prosper because he has jostled with rumors whole year round and didn’t have time to pray for members’ prosperity. This issue isn’t confined to our churches alone but in almost all our frontal organizations and least bodies. The scripture in Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” I believe, leaders, be it religious or secular, whether born or made are a precious gift from God and so let’s be supportive for our own benefits. Let’s do away with grumbling habits against our leaders before it devours us with its ravenous fangs.


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