Malachi 1:6, “6 “‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My respect?’ says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?”
In verse 6 we see the focus of Malachi turning toward the priests, “O priests who despise My name.” The priests in the Old Testament were the spiritual leaders of the community, therefore, in verse 6 the God of Scripture turns to the priests and asks, “Why do you despise My name?”
The word, “Despise” means “to make light of” so that the spiritual leaders were “making light” of God’s glory, and you need to know the spiritual health of any community is directly linked to the spiritual leaders of that community.
Everything rises and falls on spiritual leadership. It is true in Malachi 1, and it is true in North Village Church. When the God of Scripture wants to provoke life transformation in our church family He is going to move through the leaders.
When Jesus enters into human history He doesn’t go to every single nation, but instead Jesus enters into one place at one point in history, and gathers a bunch of leaders to Himself to win them, train them, and sends them into all the nations of the earth.
Therefore, the spiritual health of our church family is really important. The elders, their marriage, their inner life is going to have a huge influence on the spiritual health of our church family. But, it isn’t just our elders, and their wives, but it is also the spiritual health of our staff, our Ministry Leaders, Group Leaders, Triad Leaders, Kids Village Teachers and Youth Village Leaders.
Therefore, lets remember to pray for our spiritual leaders because the more spiritually healthy our leaders are the more spiritually healthy we will be as a church family.