Who Are Your Real Church Leaders?
Most people think that their pastor and their worship leaders are the leaders of at their church. The Bible tells us something very different. The leaders at your assembly, those you are told to respect and obey are the ones who work hard among you. These are your true Biblical Leaders – no matter how humble and unassuming, no matter how badly they are abused by your appearent leaders and how badly they are abused by the fallen “church” system. What If?
NIV 1 Thess 5;12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
No matter what todays traditional church structure says our real spiritual leaders are not the ones who are appointed by the chuch heiarchy, they are the volunteers that work hard amoung you. This interpretation is also held by the translators of the AMP bible;
AMP 1 Thess 5;12 Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]–your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you.
This translation brings out the distinction even more. Our real leaders, the ones who are over us in the Lord, warning & reproving us are those who labor among us, not those who rule or those appointed as leaders.
May God Give Us Clear Spiritual Sight!