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!