Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 8, 2015

Trusting Leaders


Scripture: Hebrews 13:13-21

In a previous devotional, I mentioned that church folk can be a handful, and how that was 99.999 percent true most of the time. So many different personalities, opinions, ideas, past experiences all coming together either to make one awesome, spiritual gumbo or one terrible, hot mess. To prevent the latter from occurring, God, in His perfect wisdom, appoints leaders to guide and stir all of the ingredients – i.e., the church—in the right direction, and at the right time.

Notice it is God who appoints the leadership when we step aside and let Him. He doesn’t need our straw polls, campaigners or lobbyists to choose who will do what. He knows the hearts and capabilities of people far more than any of us can, and will select those to lead us, so that the mission and vision of a church can be achieved. The writer of Hebrews understood this and gave this advice in verse 17:

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”

Constant prayer for church leadership and for people to trust that God knows what He’s doing goes a mighty long way to bringing joy in this Kingdom-building work. Without it, the work can be a pretty hefty burden that could ultimately push people away. And that is contrary to God’s will.

Likewise, leaders of a church should be in constant prayer, too, for the same reasons. They should remember that they may not have all of the answers at one set time. Instead of stressing because that’s what the devil will use to derail people, they should watch for God to provide them in the various ways that He can. Whether it’s through circumstances or other church members, they will be equipped “with everything good for doing his will….” (verse 21)

And all can experience the joy of being one body, one faith, working together for an almighty God.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your wisdom and choosing leaders for Your church. Please teach and remind all that You are in control, and that if all pray for each other where we are gathered, You are in the midst. You will do great and wonderful things through leaders and members alike when we trust You wholeheartedly. Amen.

written by Shelby Nelms, member of TLC Fellowship

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