SCRIPTURE : 2 Corinthians 13:5-10
5 “Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit?
6 But I hope you will acknowledge that we do not fail the test nor are we to be rejected.
7 But I pray to God that you may do nothing wrong. Not so that we [and our teaching] may appear to be approved, but that you may continue doing what is right, even though we [by comparison] may seem to have failed.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth [and the gospel—the good news of salvation].
9 We are glad when we are weak [since God’s power comes freely through us], but you [by comparison] are strong. We also pray for this, that you be made complete [fully restored, growing and maturing in godly character and spirit—pleasing your heavenly Father by the life you live].
10 For this reason I am writing these things while absent from you, so that when I come, I will not need to deal severely [with you], in my use of the authority which the Lord has given me [to be used] for building you up and not for tearing you down.”
How do we treat our spiritual leaders? Do we always criticize them? Backbite or slander them? Build them up or pull them down?
As usual, we see them strong outwardly, but inwardly they are also hurting, suffering, carrying personal baggage or issues, in conflict, confuse, tormented or accused by Satan, battling with sin, etc.
In season, we could have seen them weak in all aspects, that’s because they have been working too much for so long just to make us strong. They have been poor, robbed of their rights for us to be rich. When we see that they have been sacrificing for our sake, we sympathize with them and appreciate them.
But whenever we see them seem failing, we easily point fingers against them, judging or discriminating them as if they are special people exempted from God’s dealing.
We have to realize that our spiritual leaders are also human being—flesh and blood, though I don’t give this as token for anyone to continue on sinning especially if we already have been saved and have known the TRUTH.
If they are flesh and blood, they bound to fail, because no one is perfect, only God. Yet, Jesus Christ taught us to yearn for perfection; to aim for godly-lives, righteous and just.
Pillars in any building remain strong in times of shaking (earthquake), if they are built in strong foundation deeply rooted to the ground.
The pillars or our spiritual leaders shall remain strong even in times of external or internal destruction, trials or testings, even persecutions if they are built in strong foundation which is faith in God, intimate relationship with JESUS CHRIST and our steadfast collective prayer for them. They can not be shaken if they remain deeply rooted in the ground—–that is by being humble, and not proud, arrogant or boastful.
To God be the glory!