We all have someone in authority over us. Whether it be our pastor, our boss, our elders or deacons; we need someone (or many people) to lead and guide us. I’ve been so thankful lately for the leadership and wisdom of my pastor and wanted to be sure I was following what Scripture says in order to honor his leadership in my life. Take a look at these words from Hebrews 13 and then consider 6 ways to honor your own leaders:
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith….Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.” (Hebrews 13:7;17-19)
6 Ways to Honor Your Leaders:
- Remember them. Is their a leader in your life that blessed you and taught you at an earlier season but you’ve forgotten to continue praying for them or forgotten lessons learned from them? Do you remember what your current leaders are teaching you?
- Consider the outcome of their way of life. What fruit do you see from the way your leaders live life, and are you considering it?
- Imitate their faith. God has given us pastors to lead us in the ways of faith. It would be good to imitate them, especially if they are “desiring to act honorably in all things.”
- Obey your leaders. Pretty straightforward.
- Submit to your leaders. Even if you don’t agree with them, you need to submit to their authority.
- Pray for them. This one is ever-so-important. Be sure to lift your leaders up in prayer, and often.
What specific things have you done or can you do to show your leaders that you’re applying one or all of these things?