Day 8: The Pastor and Leaders, 9 January
Pastor and Departmental Leadership
Leaders of Integrity and Accountability
The friends that we chose to spend time with can considerably contribute to our character as people. If you hang out with gossipers, you will end up gossiping; if you hang out with criminals, there is a good chance you will be implicated one day. People will always have a yearning to belong somewhere and if we keep bad company, we will end up becoming of the same character as those we associate with.
The word of God in, 1Cor. 15:33 says, “33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Psalm 119:115 (NKJV) says, “115 Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my God!”
In order to live a true Christian life, we must assess the company that we keep and evaluate these relationships and weigh whether they help us grow in fellowship with God or not. Because without fellowship with God we are lost, and we cannot lead God’s people in the Church.
Genesis 6 tells us about the story of Noah who, in a world full of evil, found favour in God’s eyes. The world could not corrupt him. He remained a man of integrity.
Genesis 6:5-8 says, “5 Then [a]the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent[b] of the thoughts of his heart was only evil [c]continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
- Lord help our leaders to be men and women of integrity
- Give them accountability
- Give them boldness to make the hard decisions
Leaders Who are Led by The Spirit of God
Our leaders may be champions in their own right; well spoken, well organised and well presented but all these attributes will not amount to anything in the church if our leaders are not led by the Spirit of God.
The ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and every facet of it is intended for the saving of souls from the clutches of the evil world. Therefore, our leaders must be leaders who lead the church not into the world, but into The Kingdom of God.
Romans 8:5-8 says, “5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be [a]carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the [b]carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Our leaders must live a life that is worthy of God’s fellowship with them. They must thrive to live a life that allows God to speak to them, giving God the opportunity to speak to them. They must have a desire to serve. Moses was visited by God at Mt Horeb, it was a conducive environment, away from everything else – our leaders must avail themselves to God for fellowship with God in the same way. God chose Moses for this task because his desire was aligned with God’s plan. As we may all recall, Moses was on this mountain tending Jethro’s flock because he had run away after killing an Egyptian who was beating up a Hebrew man.
God saw the capacity and passion Moses and he equipped him for the job.
Likewise, if our leaders desire in their hearts to achieve for God and avail themselves, God will equip them for the work of the ministry.
- God lead our leaders
- Order their steps
- Reveal to them the way you want your church to be led
Exemplary and Selfless Leaders
Leaders who lead by works that they preach are not easy to find. Joshua was such a leader as he gave the children of Israel a choice to pick who they wanted to serve, the gods of the land or The God of Israel. He then declares that he will serve God along with his family and everyone followed suit.
Joshua 24:15-16 (NKJV)
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
16 So the people answered and said: “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods;
- God help our leaders to hear your instruction
- To lead diligently
- To practice what they preach and lead by example
Our Lord Jesus set a standard for leadership in the church, a servanthood standard. All the leaders in the church must adopt this approach in their areas of leadership.
This is demanded of us as Jesus says in scripture;
Mark 10:42-45 (NKJV)
42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
- Lord help our leaders to be like you
- To be true servants of The Lord as they serve in the church
Authority of Leadership and Obedience of the Flock
This subject has resonated throughout this prayer week and as we are praying for our leaders today, let us remember that it is equally important that those who are being led recognise and respect their leadership.
The word of God in 1 Corinthians 11:1-2 (KJV) says;
“1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
Obeying ministry instruction from our Pastor and all our leaders testifies that we recognise the office that they hold, not of earthly things, but that of God.
The word of God in Hebrews 13:17(NKJV) says,
“17 Obey those who [a]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.”
- Lord direct and lead our leaders so that as we follow them, we follow you
- Help us Lord to be an obedient flock and make the work of the ministry a joy for our leaders
Pastor and Amai
Romans 15:30-32 (NKJV)
30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who [a]do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you.
The challenges of ministry are countless and as the church we may not even be aware and are not able to help physically. But there is one who can help in every circumstance, God the Father.
- Lord help our Pastors with every challenge of ministry
- Establish your Kingdom through them and your name be glorified
- Bless their personal lives along with their family and loved ones
- Protect them and watch over them every day
At the end of it all, the ultimate answer to everything is God. His word is full of instruction on how we ought to live every day. The Bible is not a story book, but it is a manual on how to live the life of a true Christian.
Our leaders can hold on to this word of God that says;
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)
Another verse reiterates saying,
“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)Back to posts