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“Let all that you do be done in love. Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints), that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors” (1 Corinthians 16:14-16).

Honor those who serve faithfully for the Lord. Do not be contentious, nor be as those who whisper in the darkness. Be led in truth by those who willingly and freely serve that you may be led in the way of eternal life. Know that in the Lord, there is goodness and mercy and that He sends those who serve as He serves. Be subject to those who faithfully discharge their call in the Lord.

Lord, there are many who are contentious and seek to undermine the authority that You have established. Help me to not be one of those who is always complaining, but one who is faithful in all things and through all things. Guide me according to Your goodness to see that in You alone is all hope and that You send those whom You have appointed to lead Your faithful people.

Lord Jesus, You were constantly confronted by those who tested Your authority. You sent Your disciples out with instructions that they were to minister to as many as would receive them. Help me to understand that if I go in the name of Your ministry, there will be those who do not receive me but that I am to minister to those who will. Lead me, Lord, that I may give and receive according to the Father’s will. Amen.