Honour Your Church Leaders
This morning I want to touch on the third leg of Honour. My brothers and sisters in Christ let us not be weary in well doing and steer the course for our children and those we witness to, since God will hold us accountable for our actions.
The third group God calls us to honour is Pastors and church leaders. The Bible tells us that we are to show honour to those who are spiritually instructing and disciplining us:
The Elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. — 1 Timothy 5:17
Giving honour where it is due has tremendous power.
When you show honour to those who lead you spiritually, I guarantee you that they will take very seriously the role that God has placed them in.
Since most of us have been raised in a dishonoring culture, how can we grow in honour? The English Standard Version of the Bible translates Romans 12:10 like this: Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour.
So it’s really that simple. Take that verse to heart, and not only show honour to other people but try to outdo one another in showing honour. What does that mean? That means that you go out of your way to demonstrate honour to them. Whether they deserve it or not (and honestly, many won’t), you give it out freely. Treat honour like it’s the most renewable resource on the planet.
If there are people who take care of your children during the week while you work, show them honour. Find out their names. Learn their birthdays. Bring them gift cards and handwritten thank-you notes. When a person serves you, whether at a business or a restaurant, make a point to be overly courteous to them. Tell them that you appreciate what they do. Offer them some encouragement and a smile. Tip generously. Ask them if there’s anything you can pray for them about. If they give you something to pray about, then pray for them.
At your church, single out the people who serve you. Thank them. Show them honour. Write a note to those who minister to your kids. Bring a gift to your small group leader. Email the worship pastor to say thanks for helping you grow closer to God through worship. Outdo one another in showing honour.
Lean in. Listen closely. Outdo each other. Lift them up. Encourage them. Esteem them highly. Tell them you value them, and then demonstrate it by your actions. You might just be surprised to see them grow into what you speak to them in faith.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg