What You Owe Your Leaders
Hebrews 13:7 – Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.
One thing we need to understand is that in every field of human endeavour there are leaders put in place; over projects, councils, committee’s, etc. Their duty is basically to lead, just as the name leader implies, and they lead to provide direction for the group of people who have been placed in their care. The Christian faith is not left out. Leaders have been placed over us in the body of Christ to give direction, instruction and to also carry out certain tasks.
Can everyone be a leader? The answer is yes; will everyone be a leader? Well most likely not, however, everyone is a blessing, a huge blessing to the body of Christ. Those who have been placed as leaders, are placed for the benefit of everyone under their leadership, and those under their leadership also have certain responsibility to their leaders.
One thing we are to do is to observe our leaders and emulate the good in their lives. Truth be told, if you do not honor them, you may not even see the good in the first place, so honor them, and like the key scripture says, see the good that comes from their lives and follow those examples. We are asked to see the good, because your leaders are still human and would most likely make mistakes. Look beyond those mistakes, and see the good that comes out from their lives, and seek to do the same good.
Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do.
Another important thing we owe them is to obey them. When they give instructions, be quick to obey, it really is for your benefit. Don’t stress your leaders, or put out their joy by your disobedience or attitude toward work, instead be diligent and follow the instructions they give you, in the end, it’ll all be for your benefit.
The last thing we’ll see is in verse 18 of Hebrews 13, and it’s to pray for our leaders, pray for them. You may not be able to give them anything physical, but pray for the affairs that concern them, that they’ll be good, and peaceful in the end.
Lord, teach me to see my leaders the way you’ll desire they be seen, and teach me to follow them diligently, amen
Author – Gem