What is Spiritual Leadership? We cannot let social media thrills and glitz define it for us. It’s not in the followings, the convoys and the crazy maniac who had his protocols stooping as slaves, as their lord walked on. Or the crazy ones who keep showing off their collections of worldly things and riches. Lords of their banal rings!
Selflessness and service are the pivotal foundation of spiritual leadership.
I don’t know know where I first heard this, but it stayed with me, ‘In God’s kingdom, every king needs a place where he can serve’. Don’t ever outgrow service. Yes, you are the ‘lord’ of your church, the angel of your household, but without a genuine and intentional commitment to service – you will forget all it means to serve and to follow; and this will soon dent and damage your leadership.
Corruption in biblical leadership comes when you lose the heart of service; you lose the core of leadership. You are not called to reign and lord over people, you are called to serve the flock of God. This is one integral disparity between Christ Leadership and the world leadership. “He came not to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom unto many”. Now, that is God’s model of leadership – the shepherd serving the sheep, the clergy serving the laity, fathers serving children. That is God’s idea and we must do all that is within our power to maintain that order.
People are not cast in your glorious, one star movie; they are not pawns in your game of chess, they are not there to make you shine. No, they are not there to be used, ruled and trampled upon. Yes, you are the leader, but you are not lord over their faith, just helpers of their joy; serve, nurture, teach and empower them.
There should be no special demands, no strange expectations, no pompous attitude, no ridiculous mien. Just you, serving Christ in people – whatever that means, and in whatever situations they are – we are the sent and the representatives of Christ. So, we must continually lead His people to pastures green, not for any selfish benefit but for their benefit and for Christ’s sake. This is why you were called; to be as He is, to lead as He would, and to serve as He would.
No sir, you are not as awesome as you think you are. Let go of pride, God is all that is glorious in you. Paul used a language I love, “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.” 2 Corinthians 4:1 NIV. Whatever you have is by God’s mercy – amazing! Not by any special thing. Mercy! He went further in verse 7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV. Oh, in jars of clay, God really, really wants to reveal to us that this all-surpassing power – prophecy, walking in the miraculous, healing and teaching is all of Him. Yes, 100% God! So no time and place for boasting; let’s roll up our sleeves, bend our knees and start serving His people.
This is God’s leadership. If you think otherwise, or you are otherwise motivated. I will advice you to quit now. This is not for you. Ministry is not about the protocols, the blings, the followings, the hundreds at your beck and call. It’s really about serving. Giving yourself away; constantly emptying yourself on people. This is ministry! And dearly beloved, this is what He has called you to!
This is my 30th letter to you and again I plead for Christ sake, that you serve His people. Grace to you!
Your Greatness is Assured,