Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Three Questions For Leaders

If you are a leader in God’s work you must constantly ask yourself three questions: 1. Am I accountable to anybody? If not, you are on dangerous ground. Only God can handle unquestioned authority. Who knows you well enough to pray with you, advise you and strengthen you in your vulnerable areas? We keep discovering that authority without accountability leads to disaster.

2. Are my priorities in order? Priorities have a way of sneaking out of position when we are not paying attention. Too many of us only become successful at the cost of broken homes or failing health because our priorities shifted somewhere along the line.

3. Is my personal walk with God up to date? If that doesn’t prompt a quick yes, you are too close to the edge. A disciplined daily walk with God is your best protection. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You (Psalm 119:11 NAS). If you are not spending time with God, you are spending it on whatever has become more important to you than Him. Pay attention to that word ‘treasured’. It means to protect something, to let nothing threaten it. You must discipline yourself to spend time in God’s Word and guard that time from interruptions. Give God your mind each day when it is fresh. Pastor, your first calling is not the building project, the board meeting or budget, It is, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:16). If Saturday finds you anxious because you have nothing prepared for Sunday, make some changes. Start delegating. Seek out from among you men whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word (Acts 6:3-4 NKJV).

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