HONOUR YOUR MINISTRY GIFTS

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“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”
Hebrews 13:17 (NKJV)

Honour for our ministry gifts is an important part of our devotion as children of God. The subject is so important that Paul spoke about it a couple of times.

Before we move on to what honour for our ministry gifts entails and how it should be done, let’s take a few minutes to talk about who ministry gifts are and their responsibilities.

In Ephesians 4:8, Paul spoke about how Christ led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. He went further to explain the nature of these gifts in verse 11.

From his explanation, we see that the gifts that He gave to men are men. And in the preceding verses, he tells us why they were given, he says;

“for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:12 (NKJV)

These gifts are given for the work of ministry and for our edification. Our ministry gifts are given to us by God so that we can grow in the knowledge of the son of God. God gave them charge over our lives for our profiting. We are instructed to honor them.

“Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”
Hebrews 13:17 (NKJV)

Our pastors have a watch over our souls and they must give an account to God. The Bible instructs that we submit to them, so that they can do so with joy.

This begs the question of how to honour our ministry gifts. Paul said we are to give them double honour, that is, we should not only reverence them, it must be double – in two folds.

“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.”
I Timothy 5:17 (NKJV)

Our pastors, they labor over us by teaching us the word of God. We are to honour them with words, deeds and materials. Revere, obey and pray for them. We can appreciate them with material gifts, no matter how little.

We must never get too familiar with them, even if they are ‘our guy’. Getting too familiar with them can breed disrespect and can affect your receiving. Be wise.

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