And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13.
God has done an amazing work in me regarding this subject.
How do you honor your pastor?
1 Timothy 5:17 says we are to let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
I have included five ways we could all improve to better honor our pastors.
- Remember they are your spiritual authority. Hebrews 13:17 – Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
- Turn off your cell phones. What?!? You’re thinking. Okay, here’s the thing: if you’re using your phone to take sermon notes, post spiritual nuggets on Twitter and Facebook, that’s one thing. But are you practicing the self-control to avoid texting and chatting on your smart phone? If it is too much temptation and winds up taking your focus off the message, then put it away. Your pastor only asks for about 45 minutes of your time each week. Let’s honor that.
- Quit looking at your watch. The Sunday buffet isn’t going anywhere, I promise. Each time you look at the time, you are distracting your pastor and it takes away from their message.
- Watch your body language. This was a tough one for me, as I like to cross my arms. But when you’re sitting there with your arms crossed, whether you mean disrespect or not, it comes across that way. Again, it takes away from the focus of the message and distracts your pastor.
- Show up on time. Let me ask you this question: Do you show up late for work? My guess would be no, because you know it would be dishonoring to your boss. The same should apply for your pastoral leader. Walking into the sermon late, whether five minutes or ten, it is disrespectful to your leader and those around you.