394. It’s More Than “Pastor Appreciation Sunday”

“I was again in the apostle Paul’s first letter to the church in Thessalonica this morning,” Stan began.  “I was reminded of something my spiritual mentor asked me once some time ago.”

“What was that?” I asked.

“He asked me,” Stan replied, “how I felt about the leadership of the church I was a part of at that time.”

“How did you respond?” I asked.

“As I remember it,” Stan replied, “I said something like I hadn’t thought much about it, but I supposed they were doing a good job.”

“Sounds about right,” I responded.

“Not so,” Stan said.  “My mentor pointed out what Paul’s letter reminded me of this morning.”

“Which is what?” I replied.

“Those leading the church are not doing it just as a job.   Paul wrote that the church is to appreciate those who work in the church.  Have high regard for those who have charge over the church, those who give instruction in the Lord.”

Continuing, he said, “It is not just a job, it is a calling.  And if I do not appreciate and hold the leaders in high regard, I do not have the right attitude regarding them.”

“And,” he concluded, “it goes way beyond a ‘Pastor Appreciation Sunday’ that occurs every once in a while.  No, I am to be continually appreciative of the church leaders and workers.  Not only appreciate them, but let them know that they are appreciated.”

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But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for those you place in positions of leadership in your church.  Thank you for their dedicated work.  I confess that too often I do not appreciate them as much as I should, and I do not let them know they are appreciated.  Please forgive me for that and please help me in having only the attitude you want me to have towards them.  Help me to appreciate them and hold them in high regard, just as you intend, so that they will know and be encouraged in all they do for me and for you.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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