I apologise to those who follow this blog because my health has again not been terribly good during the moth of December 2013. I feel I am starting to get my energy and strength back and I hope to return to a more frequent posting service than of late. May I begin by wishing everyone who reads this a happy and prosperous 2014.
The second area of leadership qualifications we need to look at is the area of reputation of the individual who is to act as a leader. This person must have reputation for being upright and honest. This is more than simply “never been caught with his hand in the cookie jar” but rather a reputation for honest dealing in all aspects of his life. This more a case of being the person others turn to in cases of a moral dilemma for guidance and counsel. It is also a case of a person who practices what he preaches. No room for double-mindedness here. This would be the pastor who resigns his charge rather than officiate at some ceremony he is asked to by his church on the grounds that it is traditional but that he finds contradictory to Christian faith.
This does not necessarily mean that this is someone who has never been found wanting in any area, but someone who keeps short accounts with God and with his fellow men, like the Old Testament King David. It is someone who is honest with himself above all else, because failure in that area of one’s life leads to cognitive dissonance in all sorts of other areas.
It does mean that such a leader will serve his area faithfully to the best of his ability, but that those he serves will never be his master, because he has one Master, Jesus.
It also means that he is aware of the words of James, who tells us that what he does is the outpouring of his faith, the translation from thought to action.
To be called to be a leader in the church is both an honour and a responsibility. Are those of us who are called by our fellow men to take up such positions willing to spend time prayerfully reflecting on whether we are up to the task?