Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.-Hebrews 13:17
It’s a commandment, we’re mandated to love our Pastors and to even love other people’s Pastors, too. I don’t know how you do that, pour some encouragement over them, bring them chocolate….
Don’t grieve them, don’t make their job harder? I have this funny image of a pastor passing through the pearly gates and giving an account, holding his head in his hands, Oh Lord, so sorry, that one, that one was just……so thick headed.
“…that they may do it with joy!” That is also one way that we can honor our parents too, even our bad parents. I spoke to a woman who told me sadly, “I can never honor my parents because they’re both in prison for some awful stuff.” Yes, you can, be someone who inspires joy, someone who lifts up others, someone who walks in victory. That’s what all good parents want for their children. That’s what our heavenly Father wants from us. That’s how you honor those parents who sometimes leave you little to hang on to.
A couple of weeks ago a Pastor spoke about how no one had ever given him any trouble while he was speaking….except once, these two teenage girls that wouldn’t stop talking. So he stopped everything and just sat down between them and let his wife lead the rest of the service. Ha! It cracked me up because my first thought was, I sure hope that wasn’t me. It could have been me, it probably should have been me…..
There’s a lot of talk lately about praying for our leaders in a political sense, as in sheesh, do I really have to pray for politicians? Yes, there is some biblical precedence for that, but often lost in the debate is an acknowledgment of who our leaders truly are, who we are really to be turning to for our spiritual guidance.
“….them that have the rule over you..” Those words haunt me sometimes because who we look to, who we love, where we place our eyes, that is what will have rule over our souls.