28
Dec
15

Leaders Who Lead Well

Micah 3:5-12 (NIV)
 

This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets
    who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
    if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
    who refuses to feed them.
Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
    and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
    and the day will go dark for them.
The seers will be ashamed
    and the diviners disgraced.
They will all cover their faces
    because there is no answer from God.”
But as for me, I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of the Lord,
    and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression,
    to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
    and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
    and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
    her priests teach for a price,
    and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,
    “Is not the Lord among us?
    No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you,
    Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
    the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

Success is not always an indicator of God’s presence.  One of my greatest fears of leadership in God’s church is success for the wrong reasons.  I fear being so far off course that God throws His hands up in the air and says, “Just do what you want.  I’m outta here!”  I want to reach as many people with the good news of Jesus Christ, but I want to do it in the right way and with the power of the Holy Spirit working in the leadership of our church.
​Micah was ​speaking on God’s behalf against the false teachers and false prophets of Israel.  They were getting rich off of the people.  The prophets were enjoying success, but God was not in it.  They were neglecting God’s people and were leading them astray.  The leaders of Israel were corrupt and the prophets were too.  Micah said that they were looking for the Lord’s support and said, “Is not the Lord among us?  No disaster will come upon us” (Micah 3:11, NIV).  Just when things were going well, God was pronouncing judgment on Judah.  Jerusalem was going to be laid waste.  Calamity and disaster were indeed coming on God’s people because of the sin of their leaders.  
God’s people still need leaders who will lead well.  They need leaders who have integrity.  They need leaders who care about them.  They need leaders who are compassionate and merciful.  They need leaders who love Jesus and love people.  Then the success that they desire will be from the Lord and not of their own doing.
 
PRAYER: Raise up leaders, O God, for Your church who will lead well that we might reach the masses who don’t know You.  May the leaders of Your church be committed to loving Jesus and loving the people under their care.  Thank You for the leaders in Your church who lead well.  Bless them and their families in Jesus’ name, amen.
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