Transcript from the video:
"Because God does not care about titles, He cares about function, yeah, and calling. And so, if I'm a pastor, I will bear the fruit of a pastor no matter what you call me. If you've got an apple tree in your backyard, if you call it a peach tree, it's still gonna bear apples."
Watch the full sermon here: https://youtu.be/SoOXbS03Pas
What does God care about?
In a world driven by titles and labels, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of recognition and prestige. We often attach our identities to the roles we play, the positions we hold, and the titles we acquire. However, as Christians, it's essential to remember that God's perspective is vastly different from the world's. As the scripture reminds us, "For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).
The truth is that God doesn't care about the titles we carry; He cares about our function and our calling. This profound insight challenges us to reflect on the true nature of our roles and the significance of our actions in His eyes.
In the midst of this realization, consider the words of the apostle Paul when he wrote, "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us" (Romans 12:6). This verse underscores the uniqueness of our callings and how God has equipped us with specific gifts to fulfill those callings. The key is not the title we bear but the fruit we produce.
For those who may carry the title of a pastor, it's a reminder that being a shepherd isn't just about the label; it's about the care and guidance you provide to your flock. Regardless of what people call you, your function as a pastor is to lead, nurture, and guide those entrusted to your care. The true measure of your pastoral role is the impact it has on the lives of your congregation.
The analogy of an apple tree in your backyard bearing apples, even if you mistakenly call it a peach tree, is a powerful one. Just as the tree produces its fruit according to its inherent nature, we too should exhibit the qualities and gifts bestowed upon us by God. Our identities and roles may be subject to change, but the essence of who we are in Christ remains constant.
As Christians, our ultimate calling is to reflect the character of Christ and bear the fruit of the Spirit, which includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These qualities are not determined by the titles we hold but by our relationship with God and our willingness to be vessels for His love and grace.
So, let's shift our focus from the world's obsession with titles and recognition and instead concentrate on embracing our true calling as followers of Christ. Seek to bear the fruit of the Spirit in every aspect of your life, regardless of the labels you wear. Remember that God's concern is not with what we are called but with how we answer His call.
In conclusion, titles may come and go, but our calling as Christians is eternal. Let us focus on fulfilling our God-given purpose, bearing the fruits of the Spirit, and walking in the footsteps of Christ, who called us to love and serve one another, regardless of the titles we carry. In doing so, we will truly honor God's desire for us and be a source of blessing to those around us.