Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 30th, 2016
Acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NIV)
Acknowledging the Leaders
Your church leaders work hard and long hours. They do their best to love the church. Pray that God will bless their work today. Thank them for their service the next time you see them.
Each year Canadian Business magazine publishes the list of Canada’s 50 most powerful business leaders. At the top of the list for 2016 is Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who is responsible for giving leadership to Canada’s primary energy producing province. According to Canadian Business, “Her first budget, delivered Oct. 27, is a Keynesian gamble, using historic amounts of debt (provincially) to create growth in a mild recession. Everyone in the world of Canadian business, and in Canada generally, is waiting to see how Notley will manage things at the crossroads.” As difficult a task as business leaders have, politicians have it even tougher. In the words of Canadian Business, “It’s made for a busy first half-year as premier, and whether you consider her successful or not so far likely depends on where you sit on the political spectrum.”
All leaders have a challenging task. Leading people, making difficult decisions, keeping up with a myriad of responsibilities is never easy. The Bible acknowledges this and calls God’s people to support leaders. The apostle Paul writes this in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13: “Acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.” This is good practical advice for the Body of Christ about how to relate to those who are over us in the Lord. It begins by acknowledging them – recognizing that the Lord has called and equipped them to lead. We need to pray that the Lord would protect them and grant them wisdom and compassion so that the work of the Lord will continue to prosper. We are called to hold them in the highest regard in love. Too often Christians criticize their leaders and knit-pick every decision the leaders make. We don’t always have to agree with the decisions they make, but the Bible is very clear that we are to honour them. There is another challenge given us here. We are called to live in peace with each other. Church leaders spend far too much time and expend far too much energy in solving disputes between believers. If believers would learn to get along, the leaders could focus on the more important matters of reaching a world that needs Christ.
These have been words from the heart.