LIKE a soldier called to war, well groomed, sharp and disciplined, so we need to be in our lives with Jesus. We are from the day we accept Jesus, positioned by our Savior to be a leader. To be a leader right where we are! Leadership is not about how many people follow us, but it’s about how well we lead ourselves and the people involved in our life. We need to be leaders carrying the grace of God to forgive and to serve!
LEADERSHIP – FORGIVING
Joseph a young boy with a dream from God was put into a pit by his own brothers, sold to slavery, grew up a slave in a foreign land to be later imprisoned. His situation gave him an opportunity to be upset. He could have been a completely discouraged young man who lost his dream from God. But with the God who gave him the dream, he was brought through his situation to being the Prime Minister of that land!
God made an opportunity for Joseph to meet with his brothers who were in great distress. They met Joseph as the Prime Minister not knowing who he was. Joseph was at a position where with one word from his mouth, his brothers could have seen their heads falling off their shoulders. When they recognized each other, the brothers were extremely afraid , but Joseph said.. But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.(Genesis 50:20)
People who move on without forgiving will neutralize their own growth potential. The ability to forgive makes a true leader. Unforgiveness and bitterness is like an invisible engine of a long train with compartments that reveal itself in time. The emotion of bitterness leads to drastic actions later revealed, like that of an unforgiving husband/wife who would eventually file a divorce or an unforgiving child who later rebel against his/her parents. It’s an engine having even stress and sickness as compartments!
Forgiving does not mean being foolish. There is a responsibility on us to never repeat mistakes we make!
We also learn from the Lord’s Prayer that we’re designed to receive from God when we forgive!
LEADERSHIP – SERVING
John 13: 8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
Let us in the midst of competing to do better each day not forget that we are called to empower each other, to help and to pray for each other. The Lord Jesus in John 13:8 insisted that He washed the feet of Peter for us to remember that even though we may be believers in the Lord Jesus, as long as we walk on this earth our feet will get dirty. We need to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus daily even though we may be the best of preachers and prophets!
Our Lord was being the servant leader we need to follow. He was empowering His disciples to run their race. He did not criticize the dirt on the feet but he asked for an opportunity to serve. We need to be people who add value to the life of another by serving, loving and forgiving.
When we clean ourselves we are satisfied by our standards. We need to allow Jesus to clean us by His word and His blood and be cleansed to His satisfaction!
How comfortable we are with something shows us what we value and makes clear our priorities. Are we more comfortable on a Saturday evening at the club or in church on a Sunday morning? Are we excited about picking up IPL tickets or excited at putting offering in the church? Do we wait for our personal prayer time or for that TV serial?
Our practices prove our faith!
The writer is the pastor in-charge of Bethel AG International Worship Center in Bangalore, India.