Weekly Word: Can you be a Faithful Leader?
By Pastor Paul Phillips, Gospel Lighthouse Church, Floyd
“Well done, you good and faithful servant!” said his master. “You have been faithful in managing small amounts, so I will put you in charge of large amounts.” (Matthew 25:23)
Are you the kind of person that your employer can trust with bigger responsibilities? If your boss was looking for someone to step into a leadership position with more duties, do you think you would be a candidate for the job?
Can God count on you to be faithful to serve or would He have to bypass you because you aren’t dependable?
What about in your church? Can your pastor depend on you? Can you can be trusted to be a responsible leader?
It is just a fact, there are many gifted and talented people whom God isn’t able to use in the way He would like to, because they are not dependable.
Gifts and talents are great, and God wants to use them, but when it comes to being faithful and dependable, gifts and talents can only take you so far. They may open doors and take you to the top, but it is godly character and faithfulness that will keep you there.
Can you think of a person in your life who is so reliable that everyone counts on them? What can we learn from the way that person works and lives?
The Bible gives this list of character requirements for Christian leaders:
This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation.
He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money.
He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap. (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
These are the biblical guidelines for choosing members for a leadership team. God needs men and women with faithful leadership ability.
Are you one of His dependable leaders?