Reflection on Hebrews 5:1-10




No one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honour. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.


Every high priest is a man chosen to represent men to God and God to men. Because he is human he can have compassion on those who are weak or wayward.

It is not a choice of a person to become a high priest. It must be the call of God. Even Christ did not honour Himself this way, but had to be appointed by the Father.

Jesus offered many intense prayers to the Father. Even though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through suffering and became the perfect High Priest.


Any ministry that is real must be done with a sense of call or appointment by God.

Being a pastor is, in some senses, not that hard of a job. Almost any christian with some knowledge of Scripture can cobble together a message each week. A bit of empathy for others fits one for the pastoral role. Leadership skills can be learned. It’s all easy!

After many decades of pastoring, I can say from experience that unless you know that God has called you and equipped you to pastor, the ministry will kill you- spiritually if not literally.

If satan hates christians generally, he is in constant open warfare against christian leaders. All pastors, whether they know it or not, are subject to constant spiritual attack- witchcraft, curses, accusations, temptation.

Only a fool would put themselves up for being a pastor without a clear sense of God’s calling.

But if you are called, the joy of being in the place that God has called you to be, doing the thing He created you to do outweighs all of those negatives.


Lord I thank you for all whom you call to be leaders in the church- apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Grant them your grace and your protection as they seek to serve you. Amen.

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