Here are a few humbling things that Jesus had to say to the synagogue leaders of the day. Not to women at wells, people possessed by demons, men born blind or whose bodies were with crippled with leprosy or even women caught in the very act of adultery, but to the religious leaders. As church leaders today in an ever increasing busy ministry world you and I would do well to slow down for a moment and drink in these comments deeply, ponder them and allow the Spirit of God to teach and correct us.
Am I addicted to particular styles, best practices, and models or to following the leading of God through His Word?
“And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites!” Matthew 15:3,6
Am I leading the Church to move towards what God has already dreamed up for it become or what I have dreamed up for it to become?
“’It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer.’” Matthew 21:13
Have I become so engrossed with progress and building the church that I no longer recognize the power and movement of God?
“I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did.” Matthew 21:31-32
Am I more concerned with the image or brand management of my own life and the church I lead or the condition of my heart and the hearts of those I’m shepherding?
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will also be clean.” Matthew 23:25-26
How well do I recognize and listen to the people the Lord brings into my life?
“Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town to town.” Matthew 23:34
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