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Saturday, September 8, 2018

“100 years Later: America’s Most Christian President”

II Samuel 23:1-4

In a few succinct verses David expresses the basic concept of leadership.  Leadership is not based on power, influence, fame or wealth.  Anyone who “rules over people” has the responsibility to rule justly in the fear of the Lord.

Leadership can take many forms.  It is not only political figures who rule.  Anyone who exercises authority or responsibility over others is a ruler.  This can apply to parents, teachers, police, military leaders or even those who hold office in the church.

The critical point to remember here is that leadership should always be exercised under God’s authority.  Paul reminds us that there is no authority except that which comes from God (Rom. 13:1).  This is what it means to rule “in the fear of God.”

There is a basic temptation which all rulers face.  This is the temptation of pride.  Jesus laments the fact that earthly rulers abuse their authority over others.  Jesus reminds the disciples that in their case the leader must be the one who serves others (Luke 22:24-27).  Jesus gave the most dramatic example of this theme at the Last Supper when he washed the disciples’ feet.  Jesus is the ultimate example of humility.  This is a hard lesson for all of us to learn especially for any who exercise authority.

Whatever our responsibility or calling we are never ultimately the ones who are in charge.  There is one Lord, God alone and he rules over all and in all.

Most faithful and gracious God may I recognize that you have the final say over my life in all that I say and do.  As I may be called to lead, teach me humility and the fear of you that is respect and awe.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.