This weekend, we are throwing a party and celebrating our pastor, Pastor Sheyna, for 15 years of leading our church, Rohi Christian Church. It’s going to be a great time but it’s an especially important thing to do as the Bible tells us to give honor where honor is due, and for those elders who rule over you, they are worthy of double honor.
Why does it matter so much though, you may ask. It matters because our pastor and any leader over you that is teaching about having a relationship with God, is living for and preaching Jesus while operating in the Holy Spirit, is committed to us knowing and living for what matters most. Our pastor has given up her life to teach others how to give their lives to God and live for Him.
Again, why does that matter? It matters because we may have gotten saved but we may struggle with living for God. It’s not always easy to choose to live for God: “l have to work, or I have my family to tend to, so I’m not sure when I can spend time with God. I need to pay rent, got bills and I want to do some shopping, so I don’t know about tithing. I don’t feel like going to church. I do want to go hang out and party, get faded and cray cray.” Everything else seems to matter but God until something happens where we need God.
All those other things we can tend to be more concerned about are the same things the world is concerned about. We are not supposed to look like the world. We are different, God’s special people and so we are supposed to live different where God comes first. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
It’s God who matters more than anything or anyone else in our lives. If we struggle to honor Him, live for Him, put our trust in Him, be in His Word, or know Him, we need to check how much He matters to us. It’s for this reason that we celebrate our pastor as it is not easy to lead people to God. There’s constant redirecting to God. And if there wasn’t someone doing it, where would we be right now? Thank God for those He put over us who point us back to what really matters.