Saturday, December 1, 2018

Daily Devotion: Searching for Leaders

Bible Reading: I Samuel 13:1-16

Key Verse: Verse 14- "But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not that which the LORD commanded thee."

Key Words: the LORD hath sought him a after his own heart

Real spiritual leaders are in short supply. Constantly people and groups search for them. The question echoes in every corner of the church: Who will lead?

The Bible shows us that when God does find a person who is ready to lead, to commit to taking on the responsibility of guiding others, even these men have shortcomings. Think of Moses, Gideon, and David – all great leaders with shortcomings.

To be a leader in the church requires strength and faith. Samuel Brendle, a gifted leader himself, wrote in regard to leadership: “It is not won by promotion, but by many prayers and tears. It is attained by confession of sin, and much heart-searching and humbling before God; by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold uncomplaining embrace of the cross, and by eternally looking unto Jesus crucified. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves, but like Paul, by counting those things that are gain to us as loss for Christ. This is a great price, but it must be paid by the leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth, and in hell.”

Today, I challenge you to lay aside your selfish aims and ambitions, and surrender yourself to be a leader in God’s army.

What to do:
✞ Say yes to God and no to the world.

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