May I be transparent with you? I often find myself asking God, “Am I really who you want to lead these people?”. It is an overwhelming sense of responsibility and constant deliberation that I am unqualified to lead. I do not doubt I am called to be here, nor am I doubting God’s active role in using me to reach people. However, I am left in awe of His grace to allow me to do so. I have many downfalls, many flaws, many sins, many weaknesses, many insecurities, and many failures. Every leader does. (The one that tells you he/she doesn’t is lying.) I find myself quite often needing prayer more than I want to admit to. I often need a word of encouragement more than many may realize. And I need as much help as I am giving out. I stand firm in my calling, and the anointing God has placed over me, but just because I have a “title” doesn’t mean I am not human. So, I have come to a realization. The pastor needs those he/she is leading just as much as those that being shepherded need the pastor.
Can I urge you to pray for your leaders? If you could realize the amazing task that God has entrusted your leader with, you may understand the burden of it. Intercede for him/her. Provide encouragement and support. Go out of your way to be there for them. (As we should for one other anyways.) I do not want to place leaders in a higher position than others. In reality we are not. But let us not neglect the leader because he/she may “have it all together already.”
Pray protection over your leader, strength over temptation, strength in spiritual warfare, blessings in spirit, conviction, passion, a heart hungry for the Lord. Pray that your leader may be so saturated with the presence of God. Call your leader, text your leader, email your leader, facebook your leader, tweet your leader, just simply contact your leader. They will truly value it.
Constantly seek to be there for your leader because as often as you may go to him/her for prayer and for advice, many more do as well. And he/she has the task to be accountable for you, everyone else he/she leads, and him/herself.
Leaders be wise as well. Do not wait until the world is crashing down for you to reach out for help. Be transparent, be open, and be clear. You are who God has chosen to lead. It does not make you perfect, nor does it make you excluded from temptation, sin , discouragement, or stress. Be who you are and grow together with those you lead.
I always need prayer. I always need encouragement. I always need to be uplifted.
I leave you with this scripture from 1 Timothy 2:1-3:
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,”
Grace and Peace
Soli Deo Gloria