DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
Many people today aspire to become a leader. Some may desire to be leader of an institution, an organization, a business, a church or even a country. Are you born with natural leadership qualities? Or would you have to be transformed or made into a leader? It is never an easy undertaking to be the person in charge who rules, directs and guides people in the way that they should go.
Apostle Paul outlines in the Book of Titus, Chapter 1 several qualities for right living for church leaders or elders. He or she must:
1. Be blameless
2. The husband of but one wife
3. A man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient
4. Not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
5. Be hospitable, one who loves what is good, one who is self-controlled, upright , holy and disciplined.
6. Hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
While church leaders, elders or overseers must be able to preach the Word of God with simplicity and understanding, it is also paramount that they must display a very good character. God wants holiness in His church. Spiritual leaders are servants of Christ and are entrusted with the secret things of God, so they must portray a godly life.
Do you treat your church leader or pastor as he or she ought to be treated? We read in 1 Timothy 5: 17-20: “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.”
Many today deliberate if whether the pastor should be paid. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 9: 11-12, “ If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? We also see in Luke 10:7, the disciples were told to “Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages.”
It must be emphasized that church leaders must be respected and be held in high esteem in love because of their work. We are to consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Prayers, supplications, intercessions, and thanksgivings must be made for all people and for those in high positions, so they may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Noah was a wise leader, he was not corrupted. Because of his righteousness, God saved his life and that of his family and a many animals when He caused a flood to destroy the wicked and rebellious people. (Genesis 6)
It was not always smooth sailing for Spiritual leaders during biblical times and even today. Many have missed the mark but quickly repented of their sins. King David committed adultery and murder. He cried out to God to have mercy on him and to blot out his transgression. He acknowledged he had sinned and done evil in the sight of the Lord. We serve a faithful God who is always willing to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. David had many accomplishments. He killed Goliath, the champion of the Philistines and he also killed many of Israel’s enemies in battle.
Leaders must serve, they must suffer for righteousness sake so that they can be blessed, and they must demonstrate love to all. The church is instructed to obey its leaders and submit to him/her, “for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17)
If you are aspiring to become a Spiritual leader, you have desired a good thing. God’s chosen men and woman must have a good character. You must be blameless, upright, holy, trustworthy, self-controlled and a husband of one wife.
Church leaders must also be able to preach God’s Word with simplicity and understanding. God honors His Word. He promised that His Word will not return to Him void but will accomplish that for which it was sent. The Bible says, let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. I pray that church leaders today may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way, and everything they do, they will not fail to give God the praise, honor and glory. Amen