Thursday, October 18, 2018
Why Honor My Pastor? - Remembering Clergy Appreciation Month
I wrote the following post several years ago but always re-post it in October. It has been one of my Top 10 most-viewed blog articles through the years. . . .
Dick Lincoln once said, "Church at its best is as good as it gets, and church at its worst is as bad as it gets." No one understands this reality more than pastors and their families.
Every October I consider writing a post about Pastor Appreciation Month. However, being a pastor, it seems awkward. John MacArthur said it well when teaching his church about honoring pastor-elders, "I feel a little bit awkward up here telling you that you need to honor elders of which I am one. Obviously I could be accused of a conflict of interests and I could also be accused of having a self-serving motive. So I want to put in an immediate disclaimer on any of those things. I'm trying to teach you the Word of God."
I will bite the bullet this year and write a post with the hope of eventually providing encouragement to some man of God out there serving his church. Hopefully, persons from other congregations will read it and the article will spur them on toward love and good deeds toward their pastors.
Worthy of Double Honor
Through the years we have tried to teach our children to honor certain people. We have explained that to honor someone means "to treat them special." The Webster Dictionary defines honor as "high estimation, respect, consideration."
One of those persons I believe deserving honor are pastors of congregations. Michael Miller shares great insights in his article The Importance of Honoring Your Minister.
Jesus said in John 13:20, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives [or welcomes] whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
Click here to read my entire article, "Why Honor My Pastor?"