Drippings from the Honeycomb
More to be desired are [the rules of the Lord] than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:10)
[This talk was not recorded due to its discursive nature. It was also timely given the juncture we are at as a congregation.]
Q- Who or what do you think of when you hear the word “leadership”?
But I’m not a leader! (We may not all be called to lead in a formal sense but we are all called to leadership [just as those without the gift of hospitality or evangelism can still show hospitality or share the Gospel]. We often demonstrate leadership without knowing it; a child leading the others by suggesting they should clean up; a man noticing something should be done and then volunteering to lead others to do it; moral example, etc).
Definition (among many): [Spiritual] leadership is moving people unto God’s agenda [or will]—Blackaby.
Men have an innate call to display leadership.
Q- How did Adam exercise leadership? (Eve his helper, naming the animals, fulfilling Creation commands)
Q- What happens when men don’t lead? (women do; nothing gets done; families don’t thrive, etc).
Q-Why don’t men lead? (women do, no incentive or challenge, laziness, discouraged)
A biblical call to spiritual leadership: Ezk 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” Ezekiel was among the first wave of exiles from Judah to Babylon. Missing his call as a priest he was called as a prophet. As God showed him visions of the spiritual corruption back in Jerusalem the LORD called him to prophesy against the city. In a courtroom scene in ch. 22 he said from among the priests and princes, etc, no spiritual leader, no man, could be found to fill the moral void in the spiritual wall around Jerusalem and thereby avert his wrath. The city was godless.
God wants men to take spiritual leadership in their homes, churches, communities, etc, for the benefit of others.
What typifies leadership in the Bible: F.A.I.T.H.
Acknowledgement (or responsibility)
Humility (before God and others)
Let us be men who rise to stand in the gap!
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