So everybody wants to be a leader… The unpopular truth is that being a leader is HARD and sometimes undesirable. It takes a special kind of anointing and grace to lead effectively and this is why everyone shouldn’t rush into leadership. Now there are many aspects to leadership in ministry that should halt the rush for many of us to jump directly into leadership positions over the body of Christ. I’ll briefly name a few…
The first reason is because you become a teacher to the body of Christ automatically. Teaching in any setting shouldn’t be taken lightly because you acquire the responsibility of planting seeds in those who trust you to lead them in the correct way. In ministry, it’s that much more important. We’re talking about people’s salvation and reconciliation to Christ and God doesn’t take that lightly. James 3:1 in the English Standard Version reads: “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness”. God will judge those who teach harder because He doesn’t take this lightly and neither should we.
Secondly, our lives become examples. When you step into a leadership position, people are watching you. This let’s you know that everything you do and say is being judged as right or wrong by those who watch you: as a leader in ministry more specifically, to those who follow you, what you say and do is right in the eyes of God- this is the assumption for those who look to you for an example. Now are we all perfect? Of course not, but you DO bare the burden of setting an example among them because you’re a teaching tool the Lord has placed among His other children and He expects you to lead by the right example and not scatter His sheep- “Woe be unto the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” Declares the Lord. –Jeremiah 23:1. Again, He doesn’t take this lightly. So if your life isn’t 1000% completely surrendered to God in every single way, then be very cautious about pursuing or accepting a place of leadership within the kingdom. If your life isn’t an open book about the salvation of Jesus Christ, step carefully when trying to lead a people. This includes what you do in your free time (when no one’s watching), any bondage (relationships, organizations etc.), music (what you think is acceptable to feed your spirit), and your personal beliefs pertaining to partying and having a good time. It all must line up with scripture. Remember that people will use your life as one to live by. So, it is that serious.
Lastly, as a leader, you will be the point of direction and instruction for many people. With this being said you must have a clear, open, and solid line of communication with the Holy Spirit. We won’t always have the answers to what people will come to us for. We don’t know what the people need, so we have to be able to call on the Lord and hear keenly to what He has to say. Devotional time, intimacy with the Lord, and studying the word of God consistently must be a daily habit. How else can you know and learn God to speak on His behalf or simply drop revelation of the Lord? You can’t..
While this was a long one, this was definitely a Holy Ghost led one, so I hope you’ve taken time to read through it completely. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or need for insight or clarity, always feel free to contact me through the “Contact” tab on the top of the site. Thank you guys so much for reading. Love you always!