Friday, October 31st, 2014
Leadership (Part 42)
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 ancient governments: ones like Sodom and Gomorrah. Because when kings 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 checked His up and coming disciples. When Peter got filled with a bad idea, Jesus corrected him: '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.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are destined to lead His renewed church. So 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.**
To Be Continued...
* 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.