Rhapsody Hour | Esteem Your Leaders.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).
If you’ve never been a leader or occupied a leadership position, you may never fully comprehend some of the peculiar challenges of leadership. If you ever want to get to the top or remain at the top, then you must learn to think from the perspective of a leader. The challenges of leadership are very peculiar to leaders. And until you’re one, you don’t know what they’re like.
The challenges and responsibilities of leadership are enormous! That’s why we pray for leaders. Whether they’re leaders in your church, place of work, or country, pray for them. The more you pray for them, the more understanding, tolerant, and appreciative you’ll be of their work. Then God will find it fit to bring you to some position of leadership, because you’re learning to understand.
There’re some people who are quick to criticize leaders. Don’t be that way. Don’t always think that your leaders are taking the wrong steps just because you’re not comfortable with their decision. If you want to be a leader, then never be angry with leaders. Don’t be an angry and a malicious critic, because such people never contribute anything meaningful to the Church or society.
For your leaders, do what God says: pray for them; and secondly, esteem them very highly, in love, for their work’s sake.
Dear Lord, I thank you today for ministers of the Gospel around the world, who are at the forefront of your evangelical work; I ask that they’d be strengthened with miracle-working power in their spirits, and be guided by your wisdom, such that through their work and leadership, your kingdom is established around the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
Philippians 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: