Honor Your Leaders!
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch over your souls as those who must give an account. To this end, allow them to lead with joy and not with grief, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Hebrews 13:17
The gift of honor is a gift of respect that certified and endorsed a leader’s reputation. But the worrisome part of today’s Christianity includes exposure of all religious leaders to attacks and insults. As our leaders stand in the gap to straighten and strengthen our lives, we also must do everything in our capacity to shield and shed.
It’s easier to stand on the sidelines and take shots at those who are serving than it is to get involved and make a contribution. The true believers must come to terms with is that there are no perfect leaders, but God gives them the responsibility and authority to maintain the unity of the church. Of course, you will agree that spiritual leaders do several heinous tasks in the process of solving conflicts and serving as mediators between warring parties. The most challenging and impossible part of their job is to expect them to make everyone happy.
The scripture above stated that leaders would give an account of how they watched over the flock. Also, followers are going to give accounts too. Every follower will also give an account to God of how well you followed your leaders. This sensitizes us that whoever leads should lead well, and whoever follows, should follow faithfully. It does not matter which roles you play; you will always give an account.
Our spiritual leaders need our prayers, encouragement, and appreciation. We protect the fellowship when we honor and pray for our leaders. Remember, every faithful follower will also become a leader someday. So, sow the seed of a follower in prayer and honor, and harvest as a leader. 2 Thessalonians 3:1 says, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you.”
1. Lord, I receive grace to honor everyone in Jesus’ name.
2. Take time to pray for your pastor and co-laborer in service.