Love Your Pastor
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17)
Obey your leaders and submit to them . . .” What? In everything? In the color of the carpet in the parish hall? No. The reference is to submission to the clear Word of God. “Remember your teachers, those who spoke the word of God to you” (Hebrews 13:7). The pastor wears a stole. He’s yoked, a man under authority. He’s been placed in an office by Christ, through your congregation, not to make you happy. He’s there to bring you joy—eternal joy through faith in the eternal Word of God. “Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). That’s a pastor’s goal for all of us.