Monday, March 26th, 2018
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1 (NKJV)
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NKJV)
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)
I believe a noticeable deficit exists within church leadership, especially at its highest levels: levels of fame now magnified by media. It's a deficiency of correction--both the giving of it by wise elders and the receiving of it by proud leaders.
The result is a dangerous condition I call 'running blind.' It's as old as Sodom and Gomorrah. Because when leaders are surrounded by 'yes men,' when men of truth are silent, tyranny reigns. Rulers become 'Blind leaders of the blind' (Matthew 15:14).
During the ministry of Jesus, He exposed the corruption of religious power players.* Even more, He corrected mistaken mindsets in His chosen disciples. When Peter was filled with a bad idea, Jesus said: 'Get behind me, Satan' (Matthew 16:23), and Peter learned.
When James and John got filled with a vengeful plan, Jesus corrected them: 'You do not know what manner of spirit you are of' (Luke 9:55), and they learned. By a pattern of correction, Jesus laid the groundwork for accountability in His new church. Peter, James and John were destined to lead it.
Kin in Christ: As leaders, don't run blind. Like Jesus, create an inner circle of accountability: a handful of prayer warriors who believe in your mission. When you face tough decisions, turn to God first: 'When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth' (John 16:13).
Next, consult experienced, faith-filled advisors: 'How do you counsel me...?' (1 Kings 12:6), and prayerfully consider their remarks. Don't be prideful, because pride is blinding. Instead, be correctable.**
## Leadership Series: Correctable (Part 42)
* Matthew 23: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+23
** 'God's corrections are our instructions, His lashes our lessons, and His scourges our schoolmasters' (James H. Aughey: http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/James-H.-Aughey-Quotes/)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.