Leader = Shepherd
I am always amazed at individuals who try so hard to be leaders. They strive, get involved, are passionate advocates, look for nominations to Boards and committees and give huge amount of time to the church. Unfortunately, when all their striving is not recognized there is a bit of depression that sets in and a slight antagonistic attitude.
There is only one piece of counselling I can give to such an individual – well, maybe two. Thank God that you can now live the life He has called you too, and secondly, a leader is a shepherd first and does not need position, title or influence to fulfill this call of God on all of our lives.
King David encourages me in this matter. He is anointed king in a private session and then continues to lead a life of a shepherd, literally and spiritually. So when the day comes for David to take his position as king, the people declare that he take his role that he was already fulfilling even when Saul was king.
It is true – position does not matter, how you do ministry matters and if done well, many will automatically think of you as a leader as does our Lord.
The way to be truly great, is to be really useful, to devote all our talents to the Lord.
- The True Shepherd (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)