This most likely will be one of my least read posts and that is absolutely OK. I thought of using a catchy title but i decided against it because there is just no need for that. We leave in a world where there is so much attack against the church and spiritual leaders. Whenever the news of a spiritual leader stumbling comes out, it makes headlines. Sadly some even make a living off blogging and talking about news like these on YouTube and other social media platforms. As a result, the church no longer look attractive to people.
This post is not giving a pass for spiritual leaders to continue to live in sin, and i am by no means suggesting we cover up sins. However we need to be careful so we don’t put all spiritual leaders on the same boat. There are many who are still faithful.
There is a spirit of ‘no one can tell me what to do’ which is causing a lot of confusion in the body of Christ. Many believers are preaching and believing the idea that there is no need for a spiritual authority over their lives. Please note, i am not saying we can only access God through pastors or that we need to see them as God. I am also not saying that we need to enslave ourselves under their leadership. I have seen these happen and it isn’t what God wants us to do. No one should take the place of God in our lives. And we shouldn’t obey leaders who tell us to do things outside the boundaries of the bible. What i am saying is that the authority God has placed us under need to be respected.
There is a reason why we have spiritual leaders. In Hebrews 13:17, Paul said that the work of spiritual leaders is to watch over our souls.
Many believers are not leadable. Many are stubborn, rude and disobedient to authority. Many allow the spirit of rebellion to take over them. Many are just in church to cause confusion. Whenever i think about leadership and followership, i always think of Moses, Aaron and Hur in Exodus 17. Gosh! How much wins will we get if we have more Aarons and Hurs in the body of Christ! Those who are not waiting to watch leaders fail. Those who are ready to roll up their sleeves and hold up the hands of their leaders. Those who are supportive and not destructive.
The task of church leaders is to help people mature in Christ. Cooperative followers greatly ease the burden of leadership.
Does our conduct give our leaders reason to report joyfully about us?
When our spiritual leaders think of us, do they have a cause to rejoice? Or does our names bring them pain?
Are we making the job of our spiritual leaders easy? Or are we making it hell?
The above verse i believe is clear as day and very easy to understand. We need to check ourselves, put our pride away, ditch our ungodly attitude and submit ourselves to be led by those God has placed over us. Selah!