The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” —I Timothy 5:17-18

The Elders who are faithfully directing the affairs of the church are worthy of recognition. This is true especially of those who preach and teach. To get the point across the illustration is used of the ox not being muzzled while treading out the grain. As the ox works it is to be allowed to feed out of that which it is threshing. So too the person who is working deserves wages for the work they have done. These two illustrations support the premise that faithful leaders in a local church are to be paid for their faithful service.

Thank God for the leaders in your local church who faithfully preach and teach God’s Word. In the context of the verses above this is called “work.” Just as an ox keeps going and going so does a faithful elder— week after week they preach and teach God’s Word in a variety of ways. There is also prayer and study in preparation and so many other things that leaders are involved in. Some leaders are “full-time” and others are bi-vocational. Either way, the local church they oversee is to recognize them for their service. Have you prayed for your leaders today? I am sure they have prayed for you!

Dear Father, thank You for Your goodness and provision. May we be faithful to those who faithfully preach and teach Your Word. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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