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Thankfulness for Lay Leaders and Servants

by on November 23, 2021

Key Scripture: Hebrews 13:7 “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”

This verse comes right at the end of the book of Hebrews as part of a list of concluding exhortations to the church. The believers are encouraged in earlier verses to “keep loving each other...” (13:1), “remember those in prison...”(vs. 3), honor marriage (vs. 4), “keep your lives free from love of money and be content...”(vs. 5). All of this encouragement is punctuated by the reminder that the Lord is always with them. Then the believer is urged to “remember you leaders.” What did these leaders do? They spoke the Word of God to the people and demonstrated their faith by their way of life. Leaders are defined in this verse by the fact that they spoke the Word of God. They shared His wisdom and teaching, not their own. Then they lived out their faith right alongside the believers. They are not defined by their title or their educational background. Today, these are believers in the body who have taken on the role of sharing God’s Word. This may be with adults, teens, elementary-aged students down to preschoolers. When we remember these leaders, it should be as Paul does—”I thank my God every time I remember you.

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Phil. 1:3-4)

Questions to Consider:

Who are the lay leaders and servants that come to mind when you consider those who have shared God’s Word with you or your family over the years? Do you pray for these men and women? How can you encourage them as they serve the body faithfully?

Prayer Prompts:

  • Lord, You have equipped your people “for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”(Ephesians 4:12-13)

  • We thank You for this wonderful provision in the church. Let us be people who express thankfulness for those who share the Word, and lead faithful lives.

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