Andrew Hughes | Category: The Church Community
Being that October is Pastor Appreciation month, I thought it would be appropriate for us to reflect on God’s gift in the elders He has granted to our local assembly. To clarify, I personally am not an elder and none of the elders have asked to be thanked publicly. It that very humility in the men God has established as our leadership that I want to highlight. Additionally, expressing gratitude and tribute towards people in our lives is not something we should shy away from in fear of building their pride. Rather, gratitude for people (who they are and what they do) is about pointing out evidences of grace in their lives. It’s a way of saying “God is doing tremendous things in you and through you. I am thankful for that. Thus, I am thankful for you.”
You are probably very familiar with the 1 Peter 5:6 phrase, “humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” However, consider that the immediate context before this verse is that of an exhortation for elders to lead eagerly, shepherd (“pastor”) gently, and be examples to the flock.
This exhortation is simply a call to humble, servant-leadership under the Chief Shepherd/Pastor, Jesus Christ. And these are the very type of elders God has placed into leadership at 3RG. The call to joyfully and humbly submit to leadership (1 Peter 5:5; Hebrews 13:17) is made easy when the leaders are joyfully and humbly submitting to the Chief Leader. And this is the very type of situation God has established at 3RG.
In light of it being Pastor Appreciation Month and this Saturday also being Pastor Ben’s birthday, I would like to specifically share why I’m thankful for our vocational elder/pastor, Ben Reaoch:
Whether you’re part of 3RG or another church body, take some time to thank your leaders and pray for them.
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17)
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