Value of the Elders

BethanySMC - Friday, 30 November 2012 01:54

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. 1 Peter 5:1-5

It is a very honorable and highly rewarding ministry to be an elder in the congregation of believers. God highly esteems those who watchfully and responsibly care for the flock of God and prepares an unfading, glorious and impressive crown of glory for the faithful ones.

Although God exalts the office of the elder, in men’s eyes the ministry of the elder, many times is underestimated and subjected to many trials, hardship and grief, especially in the case of disobedience. In Hebrews 13:17 we read: Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.  People of God are losing many spiritual blessings and even their eternity with God is at stake when they resist and disobey elders. Godly oversight of the flock of God, the giving of practical instructions and regulations based on the principles from the word of God, feeding the flock with the bread of life that is able to sustain spiritual growth of the congregation is crucial to the church of God. Those who understand this and submit themselves under the authority of their elders, prosper in their walk with God. It is hard work and it takes a lot of responsibility to be an elder; not many are willing to dedicate themselves for such a service and those who do, often have to do it with much tears, dealing with sin hardened hearts and rejection. From eternal perspective – every tear will be counted and paid off but here on this earth it causes grief and pain.

It is a tremendous blessing to have an elder in the congregation who does what he is called of God to do willfully, not holding back the truth, not compromising, who doesn’t aim to be politically correct, but feeds the flock with practical and relevant revelations from the word of God. In our days, more and more churches are driven by interest rather than truth and people choose elders themselves who will entertain the congregation and say the things that they are paid to say.

If you have elders in the church that stand for the truth and seek no personal profit from the ministry – treasure them, support them, pray for them and obey them! Do not react to admonitions, corrections, discipline or regulations regarding your flesh and lifestyle. Let them do what they are called to do with joy and you will find yourself prospering in your spiritual life. Do not run away from them – run to them for advice and counseling. God respects their ministry and hears their prayers. 

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