Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Follow the Leader

In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel would define their devotion to God by the obedience of their mortal king. If he was focused on keeping God's law and honoring Him through regular worship and sacrifice, then the people would do the same. When this king decided to ignore God's direction, the people would blindly and willingly do the same. All of them would suffer the consequences for their sin or enjoy the blessings of God's favor.

I don't want to overestimate the power of one individual, but there is a heavy mantle of responsibility that falls on a leader. This applies whether you are the boss at the top of an organizational chart, the captain of your basketball team, a middle manager, parent, or a husband/wife. Our decision to pursue God's will and observe His commands will impact others. 

If God has placed us in a position of leadership (and we are all leaders in some respect,) we are challenged to lead well by God's standards. Our obedience is not only for our own sake, but for the influence we have on the lives around us.

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