Words from the Heart for Monday October 22nd, 2018
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.
I Thessalonians 5:12 (NLT)
Honour those Who Are Leaders
As the Lord is building His church upon the earth, He is calling upon us to cultivate an atmosphere of respect and honour and appreciation to our spiritual leaders. To do otherwise results in a toxic environment that hinders the work of the Lord. It is honouring to the Lord to give words of thanks and appreciation to our leaders. Take time to speak or write that word today.
Rideau Hall announced 105 new appointments to the Order of Canada this past June. Among the appointees are Peter Henry St George-Hyslop, who discovered genes responsible for the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. As well, indigenous leader Beverley K. Jacobs was appointed. She is the author of Amnesty International’s Stolen Sisters report, which helped bring attention to the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The Order of Canada, created in 1967, is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
Christian leaders are not perfect. From time to time, they will disappoint you with the decisions they make and the words they speak. They are just human beings, who are called by God to lead. It is easy to criticize them, and many feel that is their calling. But the Word of God gives us very clear instruction about what our attitude should be to those who are called to lead God’s people. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 says “Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.” Most Christian leaders I know are like those Paul describes here – they work hard and give solid Biblical counsel. Pastors put countless hours a week into ministering to those they are called to serve, and elders and deacons meet regularly to pray for the church, and to give guidance to the Body of Christ. We are called to honour them. We do so by encouraging them, praying for them and thanking them. How can you specifically honour those who are placed by God to lead your local church?
These have been words from the heart.