Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Leadership (Part 39)
Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-3 (NASB)
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.
Proverbs 19:11 (NIV)
If 'God is Love' (1 John 4:8), if 'Love is patient' (1 Corinthians 13:4), if we serve a 'Gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One Who relents from doing harm' (Jonah 4:2), how can Christian leaders justify impatience?
In this age of immediate gratification, has 'The god of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4) emptied our minds of wisdom and opened our mouths to temptation? Have we become spiritual toddlers, demanding service RIGHT NOW?
What have we come to expect? Job-hopping, globe-trotting, quick hires, ruthless fires, fast tracks, smart phones, hasty decisions, sudden rescissions, on-the-go, Instagram, drive-through, quick bites, online, anytime and oh-so-easy fame.
If someone doesn't serve us quickly, we complain. But that's not God's way. 'Regard the patience of our Lord' (2 Peter 3:15), Who is patient toward us, 'Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: patience with your own performance is essential. Impatience will put you in foul territory or sit you on the bench. Patience with the performance of others is even more essential, because if you don't show it...
1) You'll be acting contrary to the Character of God. You'll be like Simon Cowell at his worst: judging, arrogant and dismissive.
2) You'll harm your witness of Christ. Instead of attracting outsiders to your King, you may turn them away. Instead of inspiring brethren to rise higher, you may push them down.
'Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus' (Romans 15:5). 'For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!' (Isaiah 30:18).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.