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Do you respect your spiritual leader/pastor?

August 21, 2009

As a member of a church we are under spiritual leaders who are pastors or ministry leaders, and depending on our role they might even be our supervisor. We also have elders who are over us and hopefully leading the way. I have been reflecting lately on the characteristics of the people I truly respect as spiritual leaders, and therefore as people.

  • Those whose speech and actions are about living for and glorifying God. They have such a love for and walk with God that they can’t keep from talking about him, living out the 1st greatest commandment.
  • Those who place others before themselves, living by the 2nd greatest commandment.
  • Those who seek to truly live by the standards given in scripture.
  • Those who understand the priority and importance of prayer, both individually and corporately.
  • Those whose values (seen through time, resources, money, words, blog/twitter posts, entertainment choices, etc.) are growing more and more toward God’s values, which they know through close walk with him.
  • Those who live out Philippians 2:5-11 considering themselves nothing and taking the very nature of a servant.
  • Those who live out Philippians 3:7-11 seeking to love Christ more than they breath, considering everything other than knowing him a loss, and desiring to know him so much that they will even suffer for him.

What causes you to respect your spiritual leaders? If your leaders do not have these characteristics are they good leaders that are truly leading you to God?

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