I recently attended a church that was welcoming its incoming 6th graders to the adult worship. The head pastor emphasized the importance of the youth to take the time and get to know the pastors, elders, and deacons of the church. “These men are here for you,” the pastor declared. “They are here to care for your soul. So take the time and seek us out and ask us, ‘How are you caring for my soul?’”
That last statement elicited a chuckle from the congregation. I loved it! This church is firmly rooted in God’s Word and the leadership was asking its members to hold them accountable for their teaching and positions. How many churches would be bold and confident enough to issue this challenge to their members?
Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)
The challenge is firmly grounded in the Bible. Attending church is a command of God and we are not to forsake the fellowship with other believers. But a great responsibility is shared by the leaders. They are to keep watch over our souls. We should do the same and pray for our leaders and pastors in our churches.
Are you caring for the souls of those whom you love?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.