LOVE YOUR LEADERS, DON’T IDOLIZE THEM
Read 1 Corinthians 3:3-4
For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another,
“I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?”
1 Corinthians 3:4 (HCSB)
How many church pastors have been compared to their predecessor with
the comment, “Bro. so and so didn’t do it that way?” These comparisons
are seldom helpful and make life difficult for the leader God has assigned
to the congregation today. While every church member should be
encouraged to show honor to past ministers, we make a mistake when
we begin to think that their approach to ministry and church leadership is
the only approach God can use.
The Corinthian Christians had division in the church because of
different leadership personalities that God had used in their
congregational life. The members picked which side they were on to the
exclusion of the people who preferred the other leaders. Paul pointed out
their error and challenged them to put away carnal favoritism. We would
do well today to honor past leaders God has used in the church while at
the same time submitting to the Christ-like leadership God has set before
What is one thing you can do this week to honor your church pastor?
Maybe this would be a good day to pray for your pastor.
You might consider praying that God will fill him with the
Holy Spirit, restoring the joy of his salvation, affirming him
in his calling, and refocusing him on the mission at hand.