Numbers 1:54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.”

Simple obedience.

Often, the explanation of ‘why’ takes longer than the act of ‘do’.

A parent will state; “Take out the garbage,” and the teenager will ask, “Why?” The ensuing conversation quite literally, takes more time than the simple act of obedience. Why can’t they understand that the job they’re about to do is required for the house to function properly?

My parents said often; “Everyone is a part of this family, so everyone must take their part in the family.” Wise words. Applicable in so many ways. Especially when viewing the church and its function.

As the body of Christ, each member makes up a part of a much larger organism. Obedience is the glue that holds us together or else anarchy would prevail. Just as the book of Judges closes, God tells us:

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

Our reasoning is never equal to another man’s. Our way of thinking is always a bit different. When we put forth to push our ‘agenda’ over another’s, we will see the decline of the usefulness of the church.

Bible-believing, local, New Testament churches, are meant to be led by God-led pastors who lead their congregation as God leads him. Relinquishing that one thing man craves – control – to another man takes faith. The exercise of our faith in the man of God to lead us takes a simple act of trust.

The devil will serve up those who have abused, or abdicated their role and use the damage it causes as the precedent to withdraw our trust in the man of God.

I hear so often; “We don’t follow a man,” and I would entirely agree. When a person or a group of people begin to leave God out of the equation, the fruit is never what it could be had we followed God’s recipe.

We often hold the pastor to such standards that we could never perform. I believe that God wanted us to be interactive in our relationship with the man in the office we call the pastor.

God’s resume for the office is found in 1 Timothy 3. The man who desires such an office desires a good work.

1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.”

A church that chooses according to the requirements God sets forth in this chapter will, no doubt, call a man worthy of the office. At this point, I hear many raise exception because their church followed these steps, and the man they chose didn’t turn out to be all that they had wanted or even prayed.

God uses the role of leadership in our lives in many ways.

He may give us a bad leader to test our obedience, or to chastise us for our disobedience.

Take the nation of Israel, for instance. David united the nation under His reign after Saul all but destroyed it. How? By his disobedience to the Word of the Lord. God is in charge of setting up and taking down rulers in our life. Our job is to do our part in the more excellent organism called the church.

Have you ever meditated much on the spiritual warfare levied against the men of God in our day? Satan has an all-out assault on all in leadership to turn them from fulfilling their role as pastor, deacon, missionary, evangelist, Sunday school teacher, preacher, and father.

If you and I were to know all that those in leadership go through truly, we would pray for our leader far more than we do. God tells us that we, as born-again, children of God, should first pray for those in government who rule over us. I hear more today, from those who should be praying instead of complaining. The same applies to our pastor.

We may not agree with all they do or say. But, may I ask, when was the last time we truly lifted him and his family to the Lord earnestly and even fasting for a blessing on him, his marriage, his children, and his ministry?

We have been given some things to follow from our Heavenly Father.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

We are to follow their faith.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”

We are to submit and obey. They have a far greater responsibility in that they will be held accountable for how they lead us. Our rulers in government should be first on our prayer list.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

Then, our pastor and his family.

It is easy to become a critic. It takes effort, obedience, submission, and a desire to pray for someone with whom you disagree.

Simple, but not always easy.

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