• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#9

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

The fire brigade of Bristol put out reminders and adverts to combat the irresponsible parking of cars on side streets. In the name of convenience, unthinking drivers put there 4x4’s wherever they want. Making the road narrow, a fire engine has to get through it, but can’t. Yet I am led to believe they can! In a genuine emergency the fire engine can be driven through the gap taking any protruding door mirrors and the like with it. “But that’s not right” some shout! So they lose a mirror by parking like an idiot, or someone else loses a child to a fire because they are an idiot! Mindless hindrance can costs lives!

As people we can hinder others in so many ways. Sometimes it’s deliberate, mostly it’s unthinking. We’re not being deliberate about such actions. We need reminding every so often that any of us can get things wrong. It’s not being an idiot, it’s just being human!

Some who want to be leaders can hinder themselves. Timothy in the Bible was training leaders and his mentor sent this message to him, “An overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach…” (1 Tim 3.2) That’s quite a standard to achieve, let alone sustain, and it’s only half the list!

It’s an impossible standard for a person who competes with another person to reach this. However, there’s hope when we realise that the standard has already been achieved in us. All we do is step out and get the job done. Here’s why. John Stott in his book The Cross of Christ reminds us, “It is the divine image we bear which gives us our distinctive value.” Stop letting things be a hindrance, step out, step up and achieve. 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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