1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
We are to pay attention to those who work hard for the gospel. Its difficult enough to say no to this world but then to step upon the darkness and share the hope of Christ, the battle is intensified, this I can personally attest to. These are heroes in my eyes. To live an obedient life unto Christ is commendable yet a life doing that and reaching the lost, that is heroic. Church leaders step out onto the spiritual battlefield, not for their sakes, but for those who even at times can care less. For that alone, they will always have my respect & honor. Those whom modeled Christ to me, those who still do, admonished me, their advice and friendship are priceless.