• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#12

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

What is your greatest memory so far? The birth of a child? Moving into your first home? Getting married? Opening that Christmas gift you’d always wanted? I hope you have some wonderful memories. My wife loves to say that when we go on our family holidays, we go to make memories. She’s no photographer, yet loves to lift her phone and capture the important moments with our kids. One of those photos is of me kneeling with our kids on the beach. Looking at that photo we re-live the moment; we comment on how we love them and would do anything for them.

Years ago an important man of his town called Jairus did something for his daughter which has gone down in history, and has been an inspirational memory for 2000 years. Against protocol and personal gain, at the pain of losing his position and status he knelt before Jesus and asked for help. His daughter was dying and would Jesus heal her? You can read about him in the Gospel of Mark, in the bible. (Mk 5.22 / Lk 8.41)

He was a leader of the people, and he put credibility and status on the line to dare stop Jesus and ask him for help! The significance of that brave, humble act of submission reverberates through history. In the story of Smith Wigglesworth, Baptised by Fire, Wigglesworth said of people who truly desired God, “Only melted gold is minted…”

I would say we need a humble heart coated with fire. Leaders who humbly kneel before Jesus attract the incredible listening ear of God. Leaders who kneel before Jesus, know they have nothing to give, but everything to receive. Leaders who kneel before Jesus set the best example to those who are following. The church; what they watch, they copy. As we lead, what do they see? Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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