MONDAY, MARCH 25
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God…. Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by
diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by
grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.”
Hebrews 13:7-9 ESV
PRAYING FOR WHAT OUR LEADERS SAY
An elderly woman walked into a little country church. A friendly greeter met her at the door and helped her up the steps. “Where would you like to sit?” he asked. “The front row please,” she answered. “You really don’t want to do that,” the greeter said. “The pastor is really boring.” “Do you happen to know who I am?” asked the woman. “No,” said the greeter. “I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly. “Do you know who I am?” the greeter asked. “No,” she said. “Good,” the greeter replied and hurried away.
No one really likes a boring teacher. But what is worse than a boring teacher is a church leader who doesn’t teach the truth about Jesus. The author of Hebrews wants the early church to remember the leaders who have taught them the unchanging truths about Jesus and God’s plan to save us and change us. “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Since Jesus is unchanging the gospel message is unchanging. It doesn’t matter what year it is, Jesus is still God’s Son who died for the sins of the world. And whoever turns to Jesus in repentance and faith can be forgiven and saved.
It is important for church leaders to help us apply the unchanging truths about God to the changing times. The message of Jesus is one of the key things that separates us from other good civic organizations. It’s the most important message we have to share. We were encouraged Sunday to pray that our leaders would keep pointing us to Jesus. The Apostle Paul encouraged a young pastor named Timothy with these words in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” Pray that our leaders continue teaching us how to rightly understand and teach God’s word.