God has an assignment specially tailored for you. Just because your friend is a pastor does not mean you also have to be a pastor. We all have our own special assignments in Christ and if we are doing what we have been assigned to do then we should definitely expect to hear these words,”Well done, you are a good and faithful servant”.
It is easy to think that it is our ability that causes growth in our churches when in actual fact it is God who is doing the work. We all just have to be faithful to the task and God will be at work in and through us.
Now, the work of God is never your assignment if you have never given your life to Jesus. In John 20:21 the Lord Jesus points at the disciples and says, “…as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (KJV). Only those who follow Jesus are assigned with the task of doing the work of God. They are the one who are required to be faithful. Being faithful means not giving up in the process of doing that God has assigned for you to do. Do not even let anyone talk you out of your assignment.
We also have to understand that believers work together as a team that is why they are the body of Christ. We may be doing different tasks, but we are one body with a common purpose. A church planter should not diminish the importance of the office of a Pastor by accusing him of not being spiritual because he has not planted one single church. The Pastor should also not claim that the church planter or Apostle has not grown a church therefore does not measure up for being spiritual. They may all function in different offices, but they can take advice from each other and continue to make head ways in their service to the Lord. If they think they are more qualified or higher in spiritual status than the other because of their accomplishments then it can become very hard for them to receive any advice from each other.
We have to remember that no man can ever growth a church. It is God who grows a church. In 1 Corinthian 3:5-7 the Bible says, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (KJV). It is God who makes churches to grow. A church does not grow because the pastor is a very clever person.
If I pastor a church and see it grow that does not mean I should measure the spirituality of other ministers against my success. The work of God is not just for the Evangelist or Pastor, but also for the other offices in the body of Christ. They can be doing different things, but really end up complementing one another. Their tasks may differ, but they are never better than the others.
It is not how big or how spiritual the work makes someone feel or think he is. God is not rewarding people for the bigness of the work, but for being faithful in the work assigned for them. Are you going to be faithful? Keep the focus because it is easy to start thinking you are better than the brother next door as if the ability is your own. It is God who causes the church to grow. Just remain faithful because that is our main task.