I expect it’s harder to shepherd a flock when you can’t keep an eye on them. That’s how it is with all our spiritual leaders right now.
Like the rest of us, they are sharpening their online, virtual skills. They preach from their kitchens, their patios and their basements, all in hopes that someone is listening. Be extra kind and generous to them, friends. They deserve it and God insists upon it.
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (From 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14)
If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. (from 1 Corinthians 9:14)
One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. (From Galatians 6:6)
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” (From 1 Timothy 5:17-18)
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. (From Hebrews 13:17)
Where are we on this scale of pastoring? Would our pastor recommend us to another or would they be ashamed of the way we treat them?
Prayer- Lord open our eyes to our pastor and their families. Give us the grace to treat them as we would the Lord Jesus. Amen.