Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Leadership (Part 1)
Duty Or Delight?
Fear God and keep His Commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV)
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
Feed My lambs... Take care of My sheep... Feed my My sheep.
John 21:15,16,17 (NIV)
Especially today, leadership brings fame, fame brings followers and followers bring responsibility. Like it or not, by word and example, leaders are teachers.

Proud politicians embrace this duty. They teach the party line to as many people as possible. Prodigal performers shun this duty. They live the party life as fully as possible.

Pious parents share this duty. They teach the Bible's Lines as deeply as possible. Prosperity preachers market this duty. As shepherds, they sell splendor in the grass; to teach it helps them reach it.

But note God's warning: 'Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly' (James 3:1). Therein, Christian leaders are held to a higher standard, because we know the Highest Leader.

He told us cross-carrying is our duty and abundant joy is our delight, but how do they fit together? Psalm 37 is a Master Class on the relationship of duty and delight. 'Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:3-4). Check it out for a full report.*

When Jesus came to live among us, the Master Shepherd gave us a Personal demonstration on leadership. When He returned to Heaven, He assigned earth's fields to us. On a trial basis, we were given stewardship.

But should we, His succeeding shepherds, walk a more delightful ground, talk a more delightful sound or wear a more delightful crown? Because thorns are painful.

Our Leader said, 'The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master' (Matthew 10:24). 'But everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher' (Luke 6:40). If He exampled self-sacrifice, should we example self-indulgence?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are marked for leadership in the most influential field the world has ever known: media. His plan? Media will magnify your fame, while you magnify His Name: first by example, then by word. Therein, reacquaint yourselves with His style of leadership, because millions of sheep are lost, lonely and hungry.

You have a job to do and a new way to do it.

To Be Continued...

* Psalm 37, a Master Class on the relationship of duty and delight:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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