Like the rest of men, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 NIV Millions of people today have no hope. It is very significant that in the next chapter, Paul goes on to describe a person living in the darkness: Those who “belong to the night or to the darkness…Those who...
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, NIV
Notice what we owe to those who work hard—respect. We should hold them in the highest regard, in love, because of their work.
It is a wonderful thing to provide for others. This is a God-like thing to do, and when you do it, you are reflecting the character of God.
Think about those who provide for you now, or who have provided for you over the years. They have worked hard to do this, so hold them in the highest regard because of their work.
Children and students, your mom and dad work hard to feed you, clothe you, and to provide a home for you. Respect them. Honor your father and your mother. Hold them in the highest regard, in love, because of their work.
Notice Paul speaks specifically about the respect we should give to those who work hard “among you” in the church (4:12). Love appreciates the work of others, and we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who take responsibility for making ministry happen. So thank those whose ministry affects you—the elders, the Sunday school teachers, the youth leaders, the worship leaders, the ushers, and the hard work of many, many others.
And as you benefit from the work of others, what about your work? Where will you take responsibility and say, “You can count on me for that!”? This is a God-like thing for us to do.
How can you show your appreciation to those who have worked hard in the Lord’s service? How about those who have worked hard to provide for you?