• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#5

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

This bloke was so low when I first knew him. He had given everything to his marriage, but was devastated as his then wife told him she wanted nothing more to do with his work, she up and left taking their children. What he described sounded too familiar! He had worked hard, sacrificed so much, only to be taken for granted, left feeling used and abused. Communication had broken down, his marriage and now him! What was worse he felt as a man, he could not face people; divorce was always seen as the man’s fault.

Now I don’t know it that is true or not. I do know all too often we can take others for granted. We don’t mean to. But life goes on, communication stops and ‘things’ start breaking. And it’s not just in homes across the world. Businesses collapse, great charitable work can falter and stop, and church leaders are not immune either! We can treat others as of ‘no consequence’, many times because ‘they don’t agree with us’. Then communication breaks down. But hey, life goes on! Right? John Bevere in his book The Bait of Satan makes this point, “You never change when you think everything is fine.”

The Bible has a curious phrase to cover this, “Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people.” (Heb 13.24) Why not say, ‘Greet everyone?’ I think the point here is that our leaders are people too. They deserve dignity, to be treated with respect as any fellow human, they may serve but don’t treat them as slaves! The church is the people, not the building, and a true leader of the people leads by example and sacrifice. Be aware of how we treat them. 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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