Today in the 40 Day Devotional series, we read…

Day 29 Love Your Leaders, Don’t Idolize Them

Read 1 Corinthians 3:3-4

For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?” 1 Corinthians 3:4 (HCSB)

How many church pastors have been compared to their predecessor with the comment, “Bro. so and so didn’t do it that way?” These comparisons are seldom helpful and make life difficult for the leader God has assigned to the congregation today. While every church member should be encouraged to show honor to past ministers, we make a mistake when we begin to think that their approach to ministry and church leadership is the only approach God can use.

The Corinthian Christians had division in the church because of different leadership personalities that God had used in their congregational life. The members picked which side they were on to the exclusion of the people who preferred the other leaders. Paul pointed out their error and challenged them to put away carnal favoritism. We would do well today to honor past leaders God has used in the church while at the same time submitting to the Christ-like leadership God has set before us today.

What is one thing you can do this week to honor your church pastor?

Prayer

Maybe this would be a good day to pray for your pastor. You might consider praying that God will fill him with the Holy Spirit, restoring the joy of his salvation, affirming him in his calling, and refocusing him on the mission at hand.