My daughter Rachel said when we got home last Sunday that I could not preach on
loving the pastor on Mothers’ Day. Well, by the grace of God I pulled it off, though I believe it was His leading that brought it about in the first place. Last week as I was beginning the sermon I mentioned that since I was preaching on a somewhat controversial subject, that is eschatology [end times], that even if they disagreed, the next week my text was on loving the pastor so that they still had to love me. As I examined the text and prayed about it I actually saw in it a great correlation between motherhood and pastoring a church.
In many ways a Mom and a Pastor do the same kind of work and are often unrecognized and under-regarded in the process of it. And so the Apostle Paul charges the Thessalonians…. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” Doesn’t that sound like something that a mother would request of her children?
- Mom’s and pastors both work hard and should be recognized.
- They are both “over” people (in authority) by God’s design.
- They both have to “admonish” or teach with that authority
- They are both due “love” because of their work.
- Evidence of the proper love and respect is that the people are “at peace with one another.”
Drawing this correlation gives us a better idea of how a church should function. It is in essence a family. Recognition of God’s authority is the foundation of living in right relationship to His people whether it is in the church or the home. As we consider this in light of taking special time to honor our mothers it should give us a solid picture of how it should work itself out.
You can listen to the sermon by clicking on the link below
Esteem Them Highly – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13