1. They are ordinary individuals called to do extra-ordinary work, the common to do the uncommon, natural men and women to birth the supernatural through the power of God.
Take --Aaron --thy brother
from among the children of Israel--consecrate him that he may minister unto me
in the priest office. Exo.28:1
There was a man sent by God, whose name was John. Jn.1:6
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,-- 2Cor.4:7
2. God gives them charge over your soul.
Son of man I
have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel therefore hear the word at
My mouth and give them warning. Eze.3:17
Feed the flock of God which is among you--taking oversight thereof--. 1Pet.5:2
obey them--for they watch over your soul, as they that must give account. Heb.13:17
3. Each of them is irreplaceable and has unique call and vision from God.
who then is
Paul and who is Apollo, but ministers--I planted but Apollo watered--.
For He who gave Peter power for his mission to the Jews gave me also power to the gentiles. Gal.2:8
4. By God's sovereign plan, your victory, peace, and fulfilment are tied up with the accomplishment of their vision.
The Lord said
to Joshua, --Be strong and of good courage for unto this people
Shall thou divide for an inheritance the land I swore--to give them. Josh.1:1,6
So Joshua took the whole land according to all the Lord said unto Moses, Joshua gave it for inheritance unto Israel--And the land rested from war. Josh.11:23
5. Their call demands the laying down of their lives for others. Some gave up the prospect of good career, honourable positions in the world, and comfortable lifestyles to serve God by serving His people. They count all these as dung for the sake of the gospel of Christ.
6. The nature of their work makes them vulnerable to gruesome attacks.
Now the king
of Syria had commanded his captains--saying, fight neither with small or great
save only with the king of Israel. 1King.22:31
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, but there are many adversaries. 1Cor.16:9
7. They are often left misunderstood, wounded, abandoned, betrayed, and lonely, most times by those they serve and cared for.
----in perils of false brethren-- 1Cor.11:26
Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil.
The Lord reward him according to his work. 2Tim.4:14
whom I have delivered unto Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. 1Tim1:20
8. They are God's gift to the church to be received, appreciated, honoured, and kept.
therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such in reputation.1Thes.5:12,13
Now we besiege you brethren get to know those who labour among you -recognise them for what they are, acknowledge, appreciate and respect them all-your leaders who are over you in the lord--hold them in very high and most affectionate esteem in (intelligent and sympathetic) appreciation of their work. (Ampl.) Phil 2:29