Here’s the first segment of the Christian Conduct Series – Respect Those Who Teach You
1 Thessalonians 5:12 says, “But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction” (NASB). In this verse, we as Christians are called to appreciate and respect our leaders in the church (this means our pastors, mentors, or anyone who teaches us).
1 Thessalonians 5:12 is not the only verse in the Bible that calls us to respect and appreciate our church leaders. Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” 1 Timothy 5:17 says, “The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard [a]at preaching and teaching.”
So why should we respect our church leaders? Here are a couple of verses that help explain why:
- Romans 10:14 says, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?”
- Jeremiah 3:15 says, “I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”
- Our preachers and teachers have given their lives to do the work of God. They have been called to spread the Good News of Christ and to help us better understand God’s Word. Because of this great work that they do we should always be grateful for their service.
In looking at this topic of appreciating my church leaders, I got to thinking about what I could do to show my appreciation, and so many simple ideas came to mind.
How can you show appreciation for your church leaders this week?