Summary: No matter what you are going through, God will reward you for going through the difficult times and stuggles of life. He Will Give You Double For Your Trouble
They are concerned about our welfare.
They are concerned about our spiritual growth.
They are concerned about our holiness.
They are concerned about our purity.
They are concerned about our knowledge.
They are concerned about our faith.
They are concerned about our love.
They are concerned about our trials.
They are concerned about our temptations.
They are concerned about our sicknesses and diseases.
They are concerned about our suffering.
Therefore, we should listen to them and obey their counsel and exhortation.
Reason #2: God Called Leaders to Know Their Accountability.
This keeps the leader from abusing us because the leader knows that he is accountable to God and will stand before God to give an account as to how he led. Therefore, we can rest assured that if a leader is God-called, he will not mislead us. He is accountable to God and he knows it.
Jeremiah 2:3 speaks on pastors who are listening and become inspired by the words of lying spirits. It says, “The priests did not ask, `Where is the LORD?’ Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.”
Reason #3: God Called Leaders Can Be Grieved and Hurt.
If we follow our leaders, they are filled with joy because the work of Christ goes forth. The world is being reached for Christ and people are being ministered to.
However, when we fail to follow our leaders, they are hurt and grieved, for the work of Christ is hampered and we are not growing in Christ like we should.
When we oppose our leaders, we stymie or stunt our growth. We stop growing and begin to cause hurt and pain and division in the body of Christ. We become tools of destruction instead of Christians of love, care, and a nurturing spirit for others.
Also keep in mind that when we grieve our leaders we also grieve the Holy Spirit! The scripture says in Ephesians 4:30 – “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” When you grieve the Holy Spirit you also grieve God!
And note: our disobedience and rebellion affects us. It does not profit us. We lose out on the contribution and growth the leader could have contributed to our lives.
Point #2: “He’ll Give You Double For Your Trouble”
The scripture says in Romans 8:18 – “For I reckon (There’s a sermon just in that word reckon) that the suffering of this present time are not worthy to be compared. Let me try to make it plain.
The New Living Translation says – “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will give us later.” The Let’s talk about that word suffer.
As I said previously I want to revisit the word suffer. Webster’s dictionary says that to suffer is to feel pain: to feel pain or great discomfort in the body or mind. To undergo something unpleasant: to experience or undergo something unpleasant or undesirable. To endure something: to put up with something painful or unpleasant. To have an illness: or to have a disease or a physical or psychological condition.