Not So Fast
Many are quick to want to lead and teach others, but James warns us...
"Don't be in any rush to become a teacher, my friends. Teaching is highly responsible work. Teachers are held to the strictest standards. And none of us is perfectly qualified. We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you'd have a perfect person, in perfect control of life." (James 3:1 MSG)
Today, I was reminded of just how serious that warning was. I thought about that passage in James 3 when I read the following regarding God's judgement of those who took the role of leading His people, but failed...
"'What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people—the shepherds of my sheep—for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for,' says the LORD. Therefore, this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: 'Instead of caring for my flock and leading them to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them.'" (Jeremiah 23:1-2 NLT)
Pretty sobering. Whether we're a pastor of thousands or a small group leader, the call to lead is not to be taken lightly. With the role comes great responsibility and accountability. Indeed, there is a cost associated with leading others, but there is nothing like leading people into the life God had always intended for them and seeing them flourish.
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