Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 23
Everyone has a part in the body of Christ and in the service of Jesus. Many of us have chosen not to fulfill that role – which is disobedience – but we still have a part. We cannot be fully developing Christ followers and not serve faithfully and cheerfully.
All of the different roles that we’re called to play – come together to form the church. It’s a beautiful thing when it’s all working like it should together. It’s like a symphony orchestra – everyone playing their instrument and their part – but the sound is breathtaking.
One role in the church – is that of the full-time leaders, like pastors. This is a role placed in the church by God and confirmed by Him. These men are called by the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4) and report to Him. They coach us, inspire us, rebuke us, teach us, and lead us to live our lives as fully devoted followers of Christ.
This is a role that has been present with God’s people for a very long time. In today’s reading – David – God’s leader is confirming their duties with the people he leads. What responsibility do we have to follow this spiritual leadership that God has placed in our lives?
Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21
The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Galatians 6:6
One great way to do this by sending encouraging notes or texts.
The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 1 Timothy 5:17-18
No one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God. Hebrews 5:4
I’m so thankful that I get to serve in a church that takes this responsibly seriously. I’m very blessed. Thank you Center Point for all you do and what you mean to Susan and I.
Posted by : Tim Parsons