Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Loyalty and Leadership

William Barclay in his Daily Study Bible: the letter to the Hebrews wrote; “The real leader, if need be, dies in loyalty. He shows men how to live and is prepared to show them how to die. Jesus, having loved his own, loved them to the end; and the real leader have loved Jesus, loves him to the end. His loyalty never stops halfway.” (p. 195)

Wow! What a thought. The best Christian leaders are people who are so loyal to Jesus that they are willing to die for Jesus. These leaders also have an understanding that their lives are examples for others to follow. Great leaders know they are showing other people how to live and how to die.

Am I prepared to show other people how to die? In a way that is what life is about, showing people how to make the most of the life God has given them, so they can approach death with faith, confidence, and hope. Yet, there is a part of me that isn’t ready to think about death, and if I haven’t wrestled with the subject who can I be an example to those who are?

The concept that I want to focus on is the idea that loyalty is an element of faith. The true leader in the Church is the person who is loyal to Jesus. Doubts may come, hardships may arrive, and persecution may be present, but the leader remains committed to Jesus. He or she is an example of what it means to live by faith, even if that commitment takes them to their death. They will not forsake the King who has constantly shown His love to them.

If I am to be a leader then I have to remember that I need to be an example of loyalty and faith not matter what happens in my life. A good leader realizes that his/her life is on display and that their actions are a powerful testimony for their faith. The leader’s life is evidence to the truthfulness of what he/she says and teaches.

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