Monday, June 3, 2013

Faith Leadership

Matthew 8:9 (KJV)  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it

We've been talking about faith and circling around this verse, the last couple of posts.  Today, I want to get into what it says about leadership.  That's something I love about the Bible.  A single verse can be the impetus for so many topics.  So, let's see where it takes us, this time.

We've already noted that one of the definitions of faith is a loyalty or allegiance to duty or a person. Think about what that means to the whole picture of a good leader.

The Centurion was a man under authority.  He had higher levels of command over him.  When he was ordered to perform a task, he had an allegiance to those above him and there was an expectation that he would follow orders.  That expectation came from his superiors and, more importantly, from himself.  As a leader in his own right, the Centurion expected the same for those under him.  But there's another aspect.

In a way, the reverse is true.  From the lowliest soldier or sailor on up, there's an expectation from above that they'll follow orders, but they expect that those above will have a concern for them and supply what they need to properly do what's required.  We all know there are cases where that concern and support don't happen.  But it often does.  Even in the spiritual battle.

Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV)  The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 

That's God showing concern for those who are His.  But there's more.

John 16:7 (KJV)  Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 

Even when Jesus goes, we still get the spiritual supply chain.  Match that up with:

Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 

The combination of those verses is clear.  Especially in light of our starting verse.  We are under an authority that loves and is concerned about us, gives us the things to carry on and do what's needed, and promises to always have our back.  That's powerful!

How's that authority working in your life, today?





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