Monday, May 31, 2010

Desiring to Lead - Devotional for Monday, May 31, 2010

Desiring to Lead

"...he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness." (Romans 12:8)

There is nothing inherently wrong with desiring to be a leader.  The Bible even says that anyone who "sets his heart on being an overseer desires a noble task" (1 Timothy 3:1). The problem with leadership ultimately comes down to the person who is holding the office of leader.  As the old saying goes, 'the clothes don't make the man'. Neither does the position.  

Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, is correct when he says 'the office reveals the man'. The person who desires leadership because he wants power or prestige, or perhaps thinks himself more worthy than others, will ultimately reveal the evil intentions of his heart through that leadership. 

On the other hand, the person who has been humbled by the power of the Cross will lead in a manner than glorifies God and blesses others. These are the leaders we are to cherish and adore, and the leaders we should strive to be. 

Sadly, often the character of a man will only be revealed once he is in a position of leadership. If God grants leadership to you, will you rule like a demon or an angel?

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