Leaders - Keep a Balanced Lifestyle. #4
Updated: Aug 6
“Watch your life and doctrine closely.” (1 Timothy 4.16a NIV). Clowns are one of my favourites at the circus. To my young son, they’re a nightmare. He hates the face-paint and crazy hair. It probably didn’t help when I went into his dark bedroom pretending to be one, only to find that when he came out from under his duvet, switched on the light, it was only me. There was a lot of laughing from his mum and me, until I received a swift kick from him in the nether region, then it was just his mum laughing!
To feel secure and able to trust us, people need to know we live what we preach. They don’t want to find they have been following a clown! They deserve the real deal. Leaders, that’s what we must give them. Church leaders need to be clear in themselves what they believe. Church leaders need to be clear in how they live that out in their lives. Mistakes are acceptable, and forgiveness and healing is always the best route ahead when mistakes are made. But there is something more; Bill Johnson writes in Face to Face with God, “People who respond to His presence properly can be trusted with increased favour…”
To watch our life and doctrine is to honestly monitor our progress across a range of challenges and endeavours to reflect something of Christ’s life. Get ourselves a mentor; someone who will tell us how it is whilst walking the journey with us. Jesus had twelve men watch his every movement for three years! With our doctrine squarely placed on the Bible, we shan’t go far wrong. With a mentor, we’ll be brought back. From watching our life and doctrine we can teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.