2017-07-07 / Chaplain's News

Lead with values toward those we serve

CHAPLAIN’S CORNER
BY CHAPLAIN (MAJ.) MONICA R. LAWSON
Center Chaplains Office

1 Peter 5:1-4 (NLT) 1 And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly — not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3 Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4 And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.

Beloved, there is one fundamental lesson about the way we live our lives at home, at work, at school and especially in our places of worship and that is we must always lead by example. Leading by example is not just a learned way of behavior it has to become a lifestyle. Although the world as we

know it is always transforming the way in which we carry out our roles as leaders must remain constant. As leaders, God has given us the charge to influence, inspire, impact and instill values in the lives of those whom we have been called to serve.

In this passage of scripture recorded in the first epistle (letter) written by the apostle Peter, he expresses similar sentiments as he explains what God desires to see in the characteristics of those whom He has called to be leaders.

Peter addresses the elders who served as leaders of the early church and tells them what it takes to be successful as spiritual leaders.

Spiritual leaders who would help to form and transform the world. Peter did his best to express to the elders of the church that God wants us to care for the people he has entrusted to us.

He wanted them to understand that God did not put them in a position of leadership for their benefit but He put them there to be a blessing through example for the people.

John Maxwell in his leadership bible states that God exhorts leaders to be holy and humble; to be patient and persistent and to be servants and shepherds. Maxwell also states that there are four characteristics that exemplify effective leadership.

A leader is:

A minister to the people (v.2) Peter exhorts them to shepherd their flock, serving others before being served.

A mentor to the people (vv2- 3) Peter exhorts them to invest in the flock, not as lords but as examples.

A manager of the people (vv.2-3) Peter calls them to exercise oversight over those entrusted to their care.

A model for the people (v.3) Peter tells them to be examples to the flock, demonstrating how to live.

Truly effective leaders, especially spiritual leaders must not only be an example to others we must believe that the very words that we speak and preach to others apply to us as well. Being a spiritual leader at home and at work can be a thankful and a thankless calling all at the same time. In any given situation we must understand that along with accolades and admiration there will be suffering and sacrifices.

As we continue to do things that are in line with what God requires of us as leaders we also understand that along with the compliments and praise there will be criticism and pain. But in the end it’s all worth it.

In order for true change to take place leaders must always take a stand to do what is right and truly pleasing and acceptable in God’s sight.

As leaders in our homes, in our chosen or called career fields and our communities we must not only lead by example but we must be the example.

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