1 Timothy 5:17
Memorise 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour…”
Today’s passage comes from Paul’s letter to young Timothy: “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” What does this verse teach us about “how to I relate to the elders in service”?
First, we should be discerning and see whether our elder “rule well”! We pray that we have godly, responsible elders in our church who “rule well”. Some members may take election lightly, and put a tick on every election slip! Some do it because they don’t know their elders, and so have no idea whether they “rule well”! Some members take things “personally”, and vote for those whom they know well personally, “as a favour to them”. But the church is the “body of Christ” which He “purchased with his own blood”! It is not a clubhouse. We should do God’s business God’s way!
Secondly, while we ought to respect each other (“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” Philippians 2:3), we should also especially honour and respect our elders.
How does it work out in practice?
When you come to church on Sunday, don’t run away from the elders! Many young people try to avoid eye contact with the adults, especially the elders! It can be very discouraging to them. Go up to them and say a “good morning”! When they are teaching, pay attention and listen! It’s a way of honouring God!
Be a faithful Christian yourself. A godly elder aims to glorify God everyday (“the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever”), and he will have great joy to see our teens glorify God in their daily lives!
Thought: Do we have elders who “rule well” in our church? Do we honour them?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for godly elders, who serve You faithfully and teach us the Word of truth with love.