“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, those who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live at peace with each other. 1 Thess. 5:13 (NIV)
The Apostle Paul makes a request here of the believers in Thessalonica. He asks them to respect those who work hard. Have you ever seen someone who works so much on a project that they make you tired just by watching them or of hearing what they do? These folks will be working for the Lord for as long as they can.
Next, he tells his readers, then and now, to have respect for those who are over us—our supervisors, our mentors, our pastors. We need to pray for those who guide us through our days and those who minister to our souls.
He tells us to hold them in high regard because of the work they do. Most of the time, those in roles of leadership have to deal with issues that cause a lot of pain and discouragement. They find themselves in stressful situations and have to continue on as though nothing was wrong.
Paul asks his readers, then and now, to live peaceably with those around us. In order for us in the 21st. Century to live in peace, we need to ask God to give us His eyes. We sometimes need to take ourselves out of the equation; step back and watch the scene unfold.
Dear Father God; Thank you for your great love that bring us through the rough times in our lives. Thank you for allowing us to have people in our lives who guide us to You. We praise You for those whom You have called to lead those who love You. Please allow us to have Your eyes when we view our surroundings. We give You praise for all things. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN