You Can Lead Well - Day 3
Father God, open my eyes that I may discern truth from falsehood. Help to see and hear from your perspective. Amen.
Read: Titus 1:10-16
‘For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, ‘Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.’ This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” (English Standard Version)
We’ve all seen and heard them…the teachers and preachers around the globe who speak mistruths and deviate from the Word of God. They may be blatant or they may change something here and there to “tweak” God’s Word for their purpose. Paul was reminding Titus in this passage to expose those teachers of his time who were straying from teaching truth. People are easily led astray (sheep looking for a shepherd who says what they want to hear) and there’s no shortage of teachers and preachers today who can pour it on thick, drawing people to them instead of the Father.
Ultimately, leaders reveal what they truly believe by their actions. That leader who consistently wants the spotlight on themselves or accepts no “insubordination” contrary to their specifications…just two of the numerous actions of a leader headed down their own path instead of the way of pointing people to Jesus.
What does this mean for you as a leader? It means continually laying down self…”more of You, Lord, less of me” (John 3:30). It means putting yourself in accountability to a wise and mature fellow Christ-follower who can help you see areas that could potentially make you unfit for leadership. It means examining your actions and words, looking for ways that may be dishonoring to the Lord. It means staying close to God’s Word, asking the Spirit to put it deep in your heart so it’s the main thing that guides your life.
Dear Father, I just want to thank you for calling me to be a leader. I don’t take that lightly, and ask that you would empower me with your Spirit to do it in such a way that it glorifies you, and not me. Amen.