IT IS THE HEART THAT MATTERS 2 Samuel 15, Hebrews 13:17
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17)
Paul said he ministered to people “as a father does his own children.” (1 Thessalonians 2:11 NKJV). He also wrote. “You do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” (1 Corinthians 4:5 NKJV) Do not allow the Absalom spirit to have reign in your church. It delights in pitting young leadership against old leadership. What the younger ones do not understand is that they must attain the heart of the older spiritual leadership to even prosper. Differences of opinion will always come, but sin enters when we discard God’s anointed leader in the name of personal opinion. The anointing does not make anyone perfect, but it does provide a special ability to find God’s way and lead in the midst of conflicting choices. What will happen if the senior leader makes a wrong decision – will God leave His throne? Will the kingdom come to an end? Will the power of the Cross be made void? No. Give God’s leaders the wisdom to make mistakes from time to time. Put every situation in the hands of God and pray often for your leaders.
The Lord will make a course correction when necessary. If you have a different opinion, then make your case to a leader with respect as you would to a father (Timothy 5:1) Then give him the freedom to make a decision and stand by it. Give him the same grace and support you would want if you stood in his shoes.
PRAYER LINE: Heavenly Father, I choose to honour the spiritual leaders you have given and placed over me. Thank You for their leadership. Continue to guide and direct them, and give me grace, to submit to their authority and to learn and receive from them with an open heart. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen. (CTC)
Faith connects our weakness to God’s strength.