Thursday, October 01, 2009

Don't call youself a leader till your will to fight and die for someone

I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one. - Ezekiel 22 v 30

Someone once said that being in the will of God is the safest place to be. It suggests that if we are doing what God wants everything will be fine and dandy. A quick glance at Paul's life followed by a run through the heroes of the faith in Hebrews certainly suggests it is anything but.

We do not fight against mortal men but as the Bible puts it evil principalities and powers.

This reference in Ezekiel is even more scary because God is looking for a man to stand in the breach in the wall created by unrighteousness against God.

Now that's a scary place for a leader. I know that now Jesus has taken that place. He takes God's wrath, he becomes your substitute, he stands in the gap for us. But maybe just maybe there is an example for church leaders here.

Are you willing to stand in the gap for the people God has entrusted to you. Yes they will mess up, yes they will make stupid decisions, yes they will ignore your advice and end up in some dark places. But will you just criticise them or will you stand in the breach of their life, yes even created by themselves and fight for them.

Someone once said that you know someone is a leader because people are following them. Yes, but also, you know someone is a leader because of the people he is will to "fight and die" for.


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