When Paul wrote in the Thessalonian epistle that we should “esteem” elders, he meant that we should respect them (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). Unfortunately, all church members and even some preachers do not “esteem” or respect elders. There are perhaps some plausible reasons that some men are not respected as elders. One possible reason being that a man may not be worthy of respect. If a man does not live a Christ-like life, he is not worthy of being “esteemed” as an elder.
Jesus said, “Let your light so shine as before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) If an elder’s Christian light has gone out, he will not be respected. Furthermore, if a man does not have control of his domestic affairs, he will have great difficulty in being respected by the church.
In giving the qualifications of elders, Paul wrote, “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; For if a man knows not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” (1 Timothy 3:4-5)
But another reason that some church members do not respect elders is that they refuse to submit to the authority of the elders. It is a serious thing to reject the authority of elders. The Hebrew epistle is as clear as the noonday sun: “Obey them that have rule over you, and submit yourselves.” (Hebrews 13:17)
Extensive research on this topic, and much more, can be found in the book "Seeking God After The Due Order." You can download the e-book for free on our website. Let's esteem our godly elders!
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