Don't Block Your Blessing-A Blog by Deacon Bruce McElrath

There are three levels of spiritual blessing. First is the blessing that comes from honoring our fathers and mothers in the home. We already know what God’s Word says about that. But what about those over us in authority here on Earth? “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you” (Hebrews 13:17).
We live in a society that teaches us to disrespect people in authority. When I watch TV, I’m ashamed how easily people make jokes about those in political office in our country. I’m not saying we need to agree with or even like everyone who holds office. But we should still show respect. “The faces of elders were not honored” (Lamentations 5:12). “Respect your elders” used to be a common message and warning that parents gave their children. I think we need to remember, “A curse without a cause shall not come.” (See Proverbs 26:2.)
What parents teach their children has a domino effect, whether good or bad, causing blessing or curses. It all starts at home. Then, children should be taught to respect those in authority in society.
And the third level of spiritual blessing comes from respecting the man or woman of God. Look again at Hebrews 13:17:
Obey, those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Obviously, God was not talking about giving blind obedience to just anyone; but if you have decided that God has put a man or woman into your life as a shepherd. “let them do so with joy and not grief.”
I meet so many pastors who are worn out. Not by the devil, but by the people they have been sent to help. Remember, we reap what we sow. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). If we want respect, we need to give respect.
We must always be aware that every seed produces after its own kind. An apple seed cannot produce a banana; and a corn seed cannot produce oranges so therefore, loving and caring affection cannot produce evil and insensitive people.