“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.”
The world we live in today is full of prestigious titles and busy schedules. The Bible says that we all have different gifts according to the grace God has given each of us. The church is made up of believers and is not just a building.
With these things in mind, we also know that God calls specific people into roles of leadership within the church. These leaders are responsible for shepherding and guiding the believers in their care. Yes, the pastoral position is one of leadership and authority, but this role does not come lightly and carries eternal joy and responsibility as well as the opportunity for earthly stress. We are thankful that our leaders sacrificially give of themselves in obedience to what God has called them to do.
James 3 says that those who teach are held to a strict standard by God as a result of their position, and biblically, the responsibility of leading with strong character is on their shoulders. Additionally, there is a spiritual opposer that wants to do everything in his power to overwhelm and distract leaders from the work that God has called them to do. We have an opportunity to intercede on behalf of our leaders and cover them in prayer as they obey God by leading us. This position is not higher in ranking or value, but instead requires humble submission in service to God and his people.
Let’s collectively be praying for our pastors and leaders — that they would have the strength to handle whatever comes their way with God’s leading hand beside them, that their families would feel peace and that they would find rest in Jesus. Let’s pray for refreshment and rest as they gear up for another year of unknowns in their churches and cities.
“God, we thank you for the men and women that you have placed in authority and leadership at Echo Church, and we ask that you would guide them and protect them as they navigate all has been placed before them. Please help us to continue to encourage them as we all walk towards you together.”