Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries


Sunday, November 13, 2011

To aspire to leadership in God’s kingdom requires us to be willing to pay a price higher than others are willing to pay. The toll of true leadership is heavy, and the more effective the leadership, the greater the cost.

Rewards for the work of leading the church were hardship, contempt, rejection, and even death. The first three of these are a certain reality for certain church leaders of today.

The leader, elder, overseer, or Pastor was in Paul’s day and, in some cases, still is today, the first to draw fire in persecution, and first in line to suffer.

Under the dangerous circumstances that prevailed in the first century, even an undaunted, fearless Christian would need encouragement and an incentive to lead; hence the Apostle Paul called leadership an “honorable ambition.”

It remains true that any form of spiritual warfare will inevitably single out leaders, who by their role in presenting accurate Bible doctrine, become obvious targets to the kingdom of darkness. When our motives are right, this work pays eternal dividends.

Jeremiah 45:5
Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not.
“Are you looking for great things for yourself? Don’t do it.”

Our Lord never taught against the urge to pursue high achievement, but He did expose and condemn unworthy and improper motivation.

All Christians are called to develop their God-given spiritual gifts, and to make the most of their lives, by using their time, talent, and treasure to advance to spiritual maturity.

True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing, convincing, or inducing others to serve you.

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