Conversing with a fellow minister recently he unconsciously conveyed his belief that some of his church members believe that he is not very bright. His suspicions are not unfounded because we all know some church folks who publicly declare that they are smarter or know more than their pastor. I can’t ask for a show of hands but what about you? Whether you’ve let it be known or not, do you think you are more intelligent or wiser than your pastor? If you answered “yes”, that does not necessarily make you a bad person. In your case, you could just be conveying a fact or what you believe to be true. For example, you may be a college graduate with a masters degree and your pastor is not.
Here’s the obvious bottom line: Many members are more intelligent than their pastor. Even so, that issue may not be as important or crucial as many may think. You see, God does not always call His servants into the pastoral ministry because they are geniuses. He calls them for a definite place, purpose, time or group of people. God is much more interested in their “heart” that in their “mind.” This does not mean, however, that all ministers are birdbrains. Many of them are highly intelligent although that is not a chief requirement. Lets be honest: we all know folks who have brilliant minds but have no common sense whatsoever. I know some men who have the mind of a genius but could not name you one part under a car’s hood.
Whether God’s true ministers are intellectuals or not, this one fact remains: knowledge and use of God’s Word as well as their many years of walking with Him, makes them much smarter and wiser than most. Who can know more than God? Therefore, all knowledge begins with Him. That’s what the writer of Psalms 111 had in mind when he wrote: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” (verse 10) Proverbs 1:7 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
If your pastor is not a college graduate with a PhD but is a genuine servant of God, relax. You’re in good hands because he is in good hands, and more important than his mind, his heart belongs to Jesus.
God’s word for today: (Psalm 119:88) “Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.”