Shepherds-God’s Appointed Men

At Payson we are in the process of choosing additional men to serve as elders.  This church is entering an important time in it’s life.  The men who CrossBible1are chosen and ultimately serve this church will provide stability, direction and leadership in this congregation.  Too often men are chosen by factors that don’t necessarily meet the needs of the church.  Most of us have seen men chosen by such factors as money, attendance, and the size of their extended family within the church.  This ought not be.

The choosing of elders may be by the church, but the appointment of those men to the office of elder will be by the Holy Spirit.  This being understood, when we oppose those of the eldership, we do not oppose mere men but God Himself.  The choosing of elders ought to be with the utmost consideration and prayer.

The position of a shepherd carries with it respect and honor.  Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:17 that elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor.  Understanding the honor and importance that God attatches to this work, it is important that we are careful to show proper respect to those who serve.  No greater damage can be done to the body of Christ than the damage done by those who continually tear down those who serve the church as elders.  Paul says flatly, “Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.”  He isn’t just saying don’t tear down the elders.  Paul is plainly saying that the rest of us ought not even listen!

In Hebrews we are taught to obey our leaders and submit to their authority.  When we do this we make their job easier.  There is certainly no advantange for us when we make the work of an elder a burden.

I want to pose the following questions for your thoughts:

  • Who would you choose as one of the next elders of your church if the  time to choose was now?
  • Which men among us are best suited to lead this church?
  • Am I respectful of God’s present elders here?
  • Do I pray for the elders of this church regularly?
  • Do my actions build up or tear down our present elders?
  • Do I submit to the leadership of God’s elders in this place?
  • In the past few years have my actions made the job of sheperd easier or more difficult?
  • Would I treat my elders differently if one of them were my father?

Think on these things!

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