• Nige Burr

Leaders - Keep a Balanced Lifestyle. #3

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

I tried to explain to a woman in the church that we did not need to pray about every detail. Yet I stood there bemused and incredulous. She described how she would not get out of bed until she asked God what clothes to wear. Which breakfast cereal to eat and which shoes to put on? This was one of those times when I could have walked away from church if I had believed this was what Christians would be like! I had to pinch myself instead of slapping-the-silly out of her. She wasn’t the village idiot, but her mouth was starting to give me doubts. I stopped her mid-flow, “Listen love, God’s given you a brain. Do you think he did that so he could delegate some jobs directly to you and not worry about the colour of your socks?” “Oh,” she said stunned, “I’ve never thought of it like that!” I think she was married to the leader! She needed to change!

Timothy was a young leader, who Paul was mentoring. In his letter to Timothy, our attention is drawn to many aspects of effective leadership. Timothy would face many types of people and needed the skills to engage each one. Church leaders need the same advice, “Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4.13 NIV) Every nuance of life is found between the covers of the Bible. Nothing is left out. No stone is left unturned. By it, church leaders will make a huge difference. Bill Johnson in his book Face to Face with God says, “We influence and impart what God has given us to change the nature of whatever we touch.” Leaders use every suitable means possible to help everyone understand the Good News; 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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