And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
13.and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. (1Thess5:12-13).
Have you ever thought about this fact, civil/public Servants in our countries live to serve the citizens/public. They exist to serve the needs of the citizens.
On the other hand, the citizens are obliged to pay taxes. Taxes serves two purposes, that is, they are used by the civil servants to serve the needs of the citizens, and secondly , they are used to pay the civil servants. In other words, your taxes serve your needs and pay the civil servants.
” All truth is parallel“, someone said. This same truth is embedded in Scripture. In our above text, God’s word says, “recognize God’s servants among you who faithfully serve you“. God has called them and gifted them to serve your needs and the Christians need to recognize them on the other hand. What does recognizing God’s servants mean? Taking care of their needs. God’s servants take care of the needs of believers and believers take care of the needs of God’s servants.
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? 1Cor9:11. God’s servants sow Spiritual things into the lives of believers and believers sow material things into the lives of their pastors.
6.Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. (Gal6:6). Again God commands here that Believers who are taught the word of God should share ALL good things with those who teach them the word.
In conclusion, there is mutual benefit as well as responsibility between the pastor / God’s servant and believers in God’s kingdom or Church.
Let each one play his role and enjoy his/her benefit as well.