How often do we find ourselves drifting through life like an empty boat on the open water? Isn’t there a strange comfort in the lack of direction? The lack of pressure for choosing leaders and making decisions can be intoxicating and deadly.
The way of society is to elevate the self-assure, to appoint leaders who exhibit certain physical traits, and to elect those who can say the right things. How often do we check the foundations of faith for those we elect to lead us?
There is no one greater than God. There is no one superior to the Holy Spirit. There is no one with greater character than Christ. Be careful, then, of the leaders you choose to follow – else you may end up adrift on the open waters of faith – powerless and aimless.
God calls leaders to His purpose – they are placed in positions of effectiveness for your sake. Make certain the leaders you choose to follow are following Christ first. Be vigilant, Church! Just because a person says “I’m a pastor”, doesn’t mean God called them to be a pastor and leader of His people.
Examine your leaders. Ask the hard questions. Don’t follow others blindly. Be cautious of following those who point everything back to themselves… who use the pronouns (I, Me, Mine) constantly. Look at their trail of fruit – is it ripe or rotten?
Do the work of the Lord by following His teachings and His directions. Follow those people who are genuinely helping you to find God’s voice and you will find power for your life. Finding those people requires that you must first be equipped with God’s ways – pray and ask Him for discernment.
God built you for a time such as this. He equipped you with talents. Now it’s up to you to listen to His teaching, follow His direction – and help those leaders who are truly called by Christ. Today is your day to move.