"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Thursday, July 8, 2010

leading and following in a church body

Everybody has an opinion of what THEY want. And they want leadership to do what THEY want. Well, guess what? I may not want what YOU want, but only what I want. Or I may agree with you on half but have even just a little different view. What are the leaders to do? PRAY AND SEEK AFTER GOD’S WILL. At leadership meetings, hopefully they are spending as much if not MORE time in prayer and study together as they do conducting “business.” (Years ago Kelly’s MOPS group changed from doing prayer and bible study as time allowed at the end of the meeting to do it first thing and business was handled later, if there was time-and they did really well-but I am getting off subject) And then hold fast to the direction the Lord is leading them as the elders of the church and the conviction that they are following what God’s will for the WHOLE CHURCH is. And what do we in the body do? We PRAY and we TRUST. We trust that the leaders we nominated and then approved are seeking the Lord’s direction and following after Him. We trust that they are being led for the good of the WHOLE CHURCH, not just for what I want as an individual, or what my friends want. We have given them charge to be the leaders of our churches, so we need to let them lead. If what or where they are leading is unscriptural or unethical, we are required by God’s Word to tell them (after searching our own hearts). That’s a pretty serious charge, so we need to have our own intentions in check. But as a body of believers we are to use God’s Word to rebuke and correct as needed, done in love, even to our leaders if needed. We just need to make sure it is about God’s Word, not our own selfish desires. If it is not unscriptural or unethical, then do we agree to disagree and continue under the authority of those we have chosen to lead the church? This comes back to the question of whether we trust that our leadership (elders and staff) are seeking after God wholeheartedly in prayer to lead our church. You can never please everyone all the time and we don’t always have to “like” every decision made. This should drive us to prayer for our leadership to be seeking and listening to GOD’S will, not mine or yours or hers or...

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