“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
Yesterday, we talked about recognizing friends who walk the Word. Today, the next verse talks about leaders.
Thess. 5:12-13 asks us to know who they are, and give them props for being so great. I’d like to share the literal translation according to usage of that verse, for more clarity.
“Now we ask you, brothers, acknowledge those who work hard among you, who are your leaders in (the service of) the Lord, and who confront you (with God’s Word). Consider them with the greatest respect and love because of their work. Maintain peace with them.” 1 Thess. 5:12-13
Work is relative.
Work is relative to the need. God is invisible. He is Spirit. He needs our hands and feet doing His works here on earth. What kind of works?
There are 2 kinds of work.
- Five senses work. Ushering people in the door at church, playing the piano, doing the overheads, leading the singing, giving to the poor. All these are needed work and should be done on guidance from God. Proverbs 3:5-6
- There is also spiritual work. Ministering healing, casting out bad spirits, intercessory prayer, praying in the spirit with interpretation, prophecy, working of miracles, faith. (Wouldn’t you like to know the guy or gal with a long suit in faith?)
We are supposed to acknowledge those who what? Work hard for God. God is Holy, God is Spirit. Well, how can we tell those people? The same way Samuel did.
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Samuel asked God when finding David for Saul’s replacement.
Someone busy with five senses work can “look” like they are doing God’s work, but it’s up to you to go to God and find out. People think, if they give him their talents at mopping or cleaning or music that God is going to honor that sacrifice. After a few years of doing that chore, they become bitter and angry. Why? They begin giving out of obligation.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly (out of obligation), or of necessity (your need): for God loveth a cheerful giver. 2 Cor. 9:7.
Sure, it helped the services go better and edifies everyone in the room when done correctly, but does God care– really now– if your toilets are sparkling clean when someone get’s born again? John the Baptist taught in the desert! No running water there. We have to look deeper than just the guy or gal who “looks” holy and humble. How do you find and give props to your leader?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Who taught you to speak in tongues?
- When they pray do they get results?
- Who holds forth the greatness of God’s magnified Word to you when you needed it most?
- Who believes the Word more than anything else in the world?
- Who believes in your walk with God, even when you don’t?
- When the world confuses you, who takes you back to the rightly divided Word?
- Who stands in the gap for you in prayer?
I’d say that person deserves props. No one can go further than they are led. No one can teach more than they’ve been taught.
For me personally, the greatest leader, I know is my husband.
Thank you honey, I know you read my blog everyday and care about this ministry, probably more than I do. (Which is saying a lot) I love you Bill, thank you for helping me grow everyday to a closer walk with God!
God bless you today!
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