Today’s Verse

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

I Thessalonians 5:13

Wednesday, March 9

The second responsibility of the sheep toward the shepherd(s) is to ESTEEM THEM HIGHLY. In verse 13, Paul says, “Esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.” “Esteem” has the base meaning of “to carry.” Sheep are to carry these men highly in their thinking. It would be natural to seek advice, counsel from the Shepherd.

Sheep (church family) are to “esteem them… in love.” Why? Is it for their personality? For their good looks? No, one esteems them “for their work’s sake.” Sheep regard shepherds without limitation because they give and give and give in fulfillment to God’s call on their lives.

So that’s one way we love the church, we honor the leaders. Recognize them. Appreciate them. Esteem them. Respect them. Pray for them. Encourage them. Submit to their leadership or advice. Receive their teaching. In all these things, sheep show their love for the church.

As the pastor of Tucson Baptist Church, I am immensely proud of how that many within our church remember birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions. I know that it means much. However, it is a great affirmation when our godly counsel is sought before the crisis, rather than after the crisis has already destroyed.

Your pastor(s) are here to serve you with godly counsel, wisdom and prayer!

Weekly Memory Verse

For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, not working at all, but are busybodies.

II Thessalonians 3:11

"Spiritual leadership requires superior spiritual power, which can never be generated by self. There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader. A true leader influences others spiritually only because the Spirit works in and through him to a greater degree than in those he leads."
- J Oswald Sanders

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