11/18/17 Remember Your Leaders

READING: Ezekiel 8-10, Hebrews 13

“Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you.”

Hebrews 13:7

Even as a pastor, I sometimes don’t think deeply enough about our responsibilities. The writer of Hebrews ends his letter with a series of directions, and within those thoughts are these words about those who shepherd God’s people: “Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7). We have the privilege of proclaiming the Word of God—not just any word, but God’s Word. That simple truth raises the bar on what we do, and it reminds us that we’re accountable to the One whose word it is.

We must also walk with God in such a way that others will want to imitate us. The people we lead will watch our lives closely. They will often evaluate the life-changing potential of the gospel on the basis of whether it has changed us. Thus, we bear the responsibility of living out godliness as an affirmation of the power of the gospel.

Moreover, we will answer to God for the way we care for the sheep we lead: “keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account” (Heb. 13:17). No other person I know has the opportunity to walk alongside people to the extent that a pastor has—from birth to death, while often sharing every major life decision and crisis in between. The privilege is incredible, but the responsibility is even weightier. We must care deeply for others, even if it means losing sleep over wayward members of the flock.

In the end, we will give account to God for the way we guide and care for God’s people. That’s a heavy-duty calling.


  • Pray for the pastors of your church.
  • Write them a note of appreciation for their love and concern.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for pastors who care for my soul.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  Ezekiel 11-13, James 1


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