The Price of Leadership

The Apostle Paul informs us: “If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1 NIV).  Then Paul goes on to list essential qualities that an overseer must be known for (vv. 2-7).

You see, to be an overseer is to be in a leadership position.  It is to be a leader of others.  To echo Henry Blackaby, the leader is to lead people on to God’s agenda.

This is huge.

So the Christian leader is not in leadership to build an empire, to achieve fame and glory, to abuse power and authority.  Rather, the leader has been called to lead from a posture of servanthood.  This is the call of Jesus, and this is what the leader of leaders modeled (Mark 10:35-45).

It breaks my heart to hear of the scores of Christian leaders who continue to discredit the name of Jesus because of their reckless lifestyles.

Many so-called leaders love and covet the title and position of leadership.  But they are not willing to pay the ultimate price of leadership: death to self, in the service of others, for the glory of God (1 Cor. 9:27).

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