Let Us Be Thankful
"Giving thanks always . . . in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:20)
To be grateful to God’s servants is to be grateful to God; and it follows that in a very real sense we thank God when we thank His people!
We will always have spiritual leaders, and I think we make two mistakes in our attitudes toward them. One is not being sufficiently grateful to them. The other is in following them too slavishly.
The first is a sin of omission, and because it is something that is not there, it is not likely to be noticed as a sin that is plainly present.
We do make a serious mistake when we become so attached to the preaching or writing of a great Christian leader that we accept his teaching without daring to examine it. We should follow men only as they follow the Lord. We should keep an open mind lest we become blind followers of a man whose breath is in his nostrils.
Learn from every holy man and his ministry. Be grateful to every one of them and thankful for them -- and then follow Christ!
Lord, I am thankful for the pastors of small churches who faithfully preach Your Word week in and week out. They do this without much financial support and sometimes without much encouragement. Lord, will You send a special blessing upon them today?