Christianity is not always about Leading

by Matheus Yuhlung

Where David’s glory is recorded in the book of first chronicles chapter eleven, interestingly the names of his mighty men and their heroic acts were also recorded; which whether it was as brave as standing one’s own ground in the field of barley against the Philistines or as stupefying (to modern day common sense) as fetching water from an enemy camp so that David could quench his thirst, it is all there.

I’d really encourage you to read the verses from ten to forty seven. For convenience sake I’d refrain from adding it on this article. But again, I would like to encourage you to read it, you’d get the picture of what I’m about to say.

Because,

While I was reading it, it felt like as if the Holy Spirit was saying Child, faith in Christ is not always about leading. In that very moment, I contemplated on the lives of the prophets that were in the Bible and I realized not every one of them were leaders the way Christianity of our times is interpreting Christianity to be.

Somewhere in the proceeding of history, I believe liberalism some way or the other had imbibed its ideas into the Church. We have now standards of leadership set in the Christian ecosphere. Whether it is about leading multiple ministries or global churches, Christianized self help writers, preachers preaching online, on the television or a stadium or an auditorium full of people.

Atop all of these is one thing that saddens me the most and I’m not sure how true it is in the other parts of the world but it is very true in mine (India) i.e. planting churches in areas where there already are churches. Why? Because some could not adhere to the leadership of the existing church and also to earn some extra dollars as donation for planting a new church.

Leading someone or a group of people or even the whole world is a very good thing but it shouldn’t be done for profit and if there is someone anointed by God is already working in that field, why start your own work in there, when you can contribute to the work that is already in progress?

Leadership is good but we should also not forget to submit to an existing authority when we should. Or edify the existing authority if there is something lacking instead of starting our own show and walk around with an entourage of our own liking.

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval” – Romans 13:1-3 (ESV)

No wonder why David never struck Saul even when he had such good opportunities; it was his time to take the back seat and he did with full faith in God.

Everyone was made with a specific purpose for a specific time – there may come a time to lead, a time to serve or some may be born to never lead and some to never serve. It is not ours to question for even if God had answered we couldn’t comprehend it; His ways are higher than ours. Ours is to submit to His will and act according to His plan. We’ll lead if we are to and serve under someone if we are needed to; all in good faith.

Picture Credit: byonespiritministries.wordpress.com

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