“Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.”
The verse above is talking about the coming of the LORD, but I believe that another great truth that will benefit you can be taken from this verse. This verse says, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching…” It is imperative that the follower learns to watch and learn from their leader. One of the greatest mistakes followers make is that they enjoy what is going on so much that they don’t watch and learn from the one whom the LORD is using to make things happen.
One of the obvious things the disciples missed early on in the ministry of Christ was that they were so enamored with the miracles that they missed the valuable lessons they could have learned from Him. However, you see that Jesus took His disciples with Him to many places so that their time together would create the opportunity to have dialogue so that He could teach them His philosophies, doctrines, methods and truths. When the Saviour ascended to Heaven, those times with the Saviour of watching and learning from Him became invaluable to the disciples as what they learned was used to build that great church in Jerusalem.
I had the privilege of being under one of the greatest church builders of all time. Dr. Jack Hyles was my pastor for many years, and one of the things that has helped me to this day was that I was able to watch Him in many different circumstances and learn from Him. When I taught in his Bible college, one of the things I tried to get the young preacher boys to learn was the importance of watching and learning from him while they had the privilege of being under his ministry. Those who took every opportunity to learn from Bro. Hyles certainly didn’t regret it later as they were able to take what he taught them and apply those lessons to their own ministry’s when they became church or ministry leaders.
My friend, you have in your church a man of God from whom you could learn much if you learned to watch him. Many people miss vitally important lessons from great pastors because they are too busy criticizing instead of watching to learn. You would be surprised how much you could learn from your pastor simply by watching everything that he does. God didn’t give you a pastor just to preach sermons every week, but He gave you your pastor so that you could also learn principles, methods, and truths that you can use later in life.
Moreover, you can’t learn if you are not with your pastor. If your pastor asks you to be somewhere with him, you would be wise to cancel what you have going on so that you can just be there with him. Even if you think where he wants you to be has nothing to do with you, you would be wise to just be there so that you might learn one philosophy or truth that may help you later in life. If anything, you will learn how to better work with your pastor by learning his philosophies.
Furthermore, you can’t learn from your pastor if you don’t ask questions. The right questions create dialogue moments for a pastor to teach those they lead. Instead of talking all the time and always giving your opinion, you would be wise to learn to ask questions and then listen. There are many life lessons you can learn from your pastor if you will learn to spend time with him watching and learning.