“But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.”
One of the hardest things for a leader to know is whether or not those they are leading them are behind them. Leaders cannot read the mind of their followers. The expressions on one’s face is often not a representation of what is in their heart, but if a leader never hears from their follower, they can have false impressions about them. One of the great personal battles of leaders is the concern as to whether they are all alone in the work or if their people are with them.
Moses knew this was going to be the case with Joshua because he faced the same wonder and feelings himself. No doubt, there were times when Moses didn’t know if the people wanted to follow him because the only ones he heard from were the naysayers, murmurers, and those who didn’t like him. I’m sure that Moses got very lonely at times as he wondered if he was the only one who really wanted to get to the Promised Land. To help Joshua from having to face the same things that he faced, he commanded the people to “encourage him.” The word “encourage” carries several definitions that properly defines how you can be a help to your pastor. Let me share how you can be a help to your pastor.
First, inspire your pastor or leader. Nothing excites a pastor more than seeing those they preach to doing what they are supposed to do. Being at ALL of the services, going soul-winning, and following the advice of your pastor is a great way to inspire him. You can be a great inspiration to your pastor by bringing people to church. You can also be an inspiration to your pastor by showing your agreement to him while he is preaching. Being an inspiration to your pastor will be of great encouragement to him.
Second, compliment your pastor. Your pastor preaches sermons every week, and he often doesn’t know if the sermons are a help without someone letting him know that the sermon helped them. You can be a great encouragement to your pastor by complimenting the job he is doing as a pastor, and by letting him know that he is being a help to you and your family through his leadership and preaching.
Third, support your pastor in what he is doing. As long as your pastor is not leading you away from what you are supposed to be doing, you would be wise to support his ideas. I am not saying that you have to be a rubber stamp to everything he does, but if you are in a good church, your pastor wants to see it grow so that your church can reach more people for Christ. When your pastor presents an idea to help the church, support the idea in word and involvement.
Fourth, support your pastor by being enthusiastic about what is happening. Don’t be negative and cynical about everything. Realize that most of what your pastor hears is negative. If you want to help to your pastor, be enthusiastic with your spirit and involvement of the LORD’s work.
Fifth, you can be a great encouragement to your pastor by being a team member. Don’t just watch your pastor do the work, but get beside him and help him with the work. The greatest encouragement a pastor receives is when he sees many of his people serving with him. You can thwart the discouragement that the Devil throws at your pastor if you will be his encourager.