Our Daily Bread: Always on Duty
- READ: Acts 20:22-32
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. —Hebrews 13:17
As my kids were discarding their trash at the local mall food court, my
oldest son was almost run into by a man who was clearly on a mission. My younger son jokingly remarked, “Maybe he stole something.” Thinking I
might be able to use this as a teachable moment, I said, “That’s what
the Bible calls judging.” He then asked with a smile: “Why are you
always ‘pastoring’ me?” After I finished laughing, I told my sons that I could never take a vacation from shepherding them.
The apostle Paul told the Ephesian elders that they too could never take a
vacation from shepherding God’s people (Acts 20). He was convinced that
false teachers would try to ravage the church (v.29), and the elders
needed to protect the group from them. Caring for God’s people includes
feeding them spiritually, leading them gently, and warning them firmly.
Leaders in the church are to be motivated by the incalculable price
Christ paid on the cross (v.28).
Church leaders have a big responsibility to watch over our souls, for one day
they will give an account to the Lord for their work among us. Let’s
bring them joy now by responding to their faithful, godly leadership
with obedience and submission (Heb. 13:17). —Marvin Williams
We join our hearts and hands together
Faithful to the Lord’s
We hold each other to God’s standards—
All that truth and love demand. —D. De Haan
After we hear the Word of God, we should then take up the work of God.