God’s Passionate Driven Leader


What is a “leader”? What do we mean with the term “leadership”? A story was told: “The Frogs and Their King,” How the frogs in the pond wanted a leader. Again and again they came to Jupiter with their request till finally in reply he tossed a log into that pond. For a while the frogs were happy with their new leader but gradually they discovered they could jump on him, run all over him and receive no resistance or response from him. Besides, that log didn’t give any direction, but just floated back and forth on the pond.



Exasperated at this lack of leadership, the frogs went back to Jupiter with the request for something stronger. This time Jupiter, weary of their complaints, gave them a stork. That stork stood tall above the frogs and looked like a leader. For a time the frogs were happy as the stork strutted around the pond, making much noise and attracting much attention. But when this leader began to hassle and even devour his subordinates, the frogs realized they had another problem.




Does either one of these extremes describe Christian leadership? Is this what the church should look for in its leaders, logs who let people do whatever they want or storks who tell people everything they must do? Or are there other qualities desired in Christian leaders, qualities which lead to more desirable styles of Christian leadership?



In 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 we note qualifications for “bishops” and “deacons and the emphasis on the spiritual more than on abilities. The “bishops” and “deacons,” if we try to summarize, were to have impeccable character and unquestionable morals, be intellectually disciplined and able to teach others, maintain an open heart and an open home, be seasoned church workers and stable family leaders, relate well to others and rule over their passion for money and fame. Studying those qualities, we also note that they do not in general go beyond what God expects of every Christian leader, not to mention every Christian.



Personal qualities of the Christian leader:



A leader follows THE Leader.  Exodus 18:21Exodus 18:21
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21 Además escoge tú de entre todo el pueblo a hombres virtuosos, temerosos de Dios, hombres veraces, que aborrezcan la avaricia, y ponlos sobre el pueblo como jefes de mil, de cien, de cincuenta y de diez.

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,  Acts 6:3Acts 6:3
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3 Buscad, pues, hermanos, de entre vosotros a siete hombres de buen testimonio, llenos del Espíritu Santo y de sabiduría, a quienes encarguemos de este trabajo.

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Men whose hearts were filled with love for God’s Word and work; who recognized God’s stamp on them both body and soul and reflected His ownership with their attitudes and actions; who had their priorities straight and practiced accordingly by seeking first God’s Kingdom. Christian leaders are to be consecrated leaders, leaders who follow the Leader.



Only those who follow the Leader can really serve Him. For they will serve out of love for Him, even as they recognize that their best service is but a faint echo to His unfailing love 2 Corinthians 5:142 Corinthians 5:14
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14 El amor de Cristoi nos constriñe, pensando esto: que si unoj murió por todos, luego todos murieron;k

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. They also will serve with the goal of His glory in mind and with the question constantly before them, “Will what I am doing praise Him?”



All their days they long with the Psalmist, “O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You” (63:1). And they know where to find Him.



A leader follows the Leader or else he cannot lead. And the more closely he follows the Leader the more he will lead like Him.


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