“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in the word and doctrine.”
-1 Timothy 5:17 NKJV
If you are addressing a sea of heads and no one is listening, you will feel like you have wasted your time talking to them. It is precisely how our spiritual leaders feel when we dishonour them. When we dishonour our spiritual leaders in the church, we make them feel like their efforts to train and groom us in the faith are futile.
Dishonour for spiritual leaders in the church starts from seemingly harmless actions like making jokes about them, not picking up their calls, always giving excuses when they call for meetings, making a significant decision in your life without telling any of them, etc.
See 1 Corinthians 16:10 (NKJV):
“And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do. Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.”
Paul gave this instruction to the Corinthian church because he wanted them to support Timothy as he does the Lord’s work so that he would carry out his assignment in peace and not with a heavy heart.
From our anchor scripture, we are also instructed to honour our leaders in the church because they are worthy of it. They seize every opportunity to train us in the revelational knowledge of God. Therefore, they are deserving of honour.
Honour is achievable when we revere our spiritual leaders by following their instructions, attending their meetings, consulting them before making any major decision, picking up their calls, not rudely talking to them, and so on.
God has assigned people in the church to labour over us, and it is our responsibility to appreciate and esteem them highly in love ( 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). They should be able to give a good report about us (Hebrews 13:17).
CONFESSION: I honour spiritual authorities in the church. I do not disregard them in any way. Instead, I submit to them according to the word of God.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 3: 22-36, James 5:1-6, Ecclesiastes 7: 15-29, Jeremiah 23-25