On Leadership

Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. (Micah 3:1, NIV)

The Bible has a great deal to say about leadership. Some positions of leadership are elected. That is, people make a choice through a process of voting, by which they trust the task of leadership to people who are willing to take that responsibility.

This is what happens in a democracy and it also what happens in many churches. Leadership is a trust given by the people. But even when there is no voting involved, leadership is still a trust from God. Nobody votes on the birth of a baby, but when a child is born, the father and mother are given a trust by God.

The apostle Paul said that all governing authorities are established by God (Rom. 13:1-2), and the Roman Empire was hardly a model of democracy! So, even when governments are not elected by the people, Paul says, “the authorities are established by God,” and that means that they are accountable to God.

All leadership involves a gift of trust, and all leaders are therefore accountable. The same is true in your work. Whatever authority or responsibility you have was given to you by someone else, and you are accountable to them for the way that you use it.

Name some people in authority over you (a boss, teacher, pastor, political leader, etc.) who have been given responsibility and are accountable for how they use it? How does that make you feel, to be aware of their responsibility and accountability?      

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Colin Smith (@PastorColinS) is senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.

Date Posted: Mar 20th, 2017