For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. Hebrews 5:1-4
For the Jews the high priest was called by God from the tribe of Levy that was set aside by God to be the priestly cast and serve in the Tabernacle and later the Temple. We would like to think that the priests, ministers and pastors in the Christian church are also called by God. And for the most part they are. In the past many young men who entered the priesthood did so because they were the younger sons and were left out of inheriting their father’s estate. They essentially had two options, the church or the army.
Even today we find some that look upon ministry as a job rather than a calling. There have even been a few who are unbelievers leading churches. But by and large the vast majority of people in the ministry are there because they feel that is where God wants them to be and they have dedicated their lives to working for God.
But as the writer of Hebrews tells us they are not immune to sin and are weak just as every other person. When they pray for us they are also praying for themselves. They make mistakes just as you and I do. There have days when their minds are elsewhere and they can be short with those around us. They are just like us trying to let God make them into the person God intends us to be.
What we need to remember is that they are not perfect. They get tired and the long hours most ministers work wears them down just like long hours wears us down. We must resist putting them on a pedestal they neither want to be on or deserve to be on. We also need to be understanding when they falter. We have only one priest that is perfect, Jesus Christ. He is the only one who will never let us down and is always there.
Have a blessed day,