Please read 1 Corinthians 4, 5, 6, and 8:1. All in one place today! What’s your highlight? Come on back and share your thoughts!
I cannot get enough of Paul’s description of leadership:
“Don’t imagine us leaders to be something we aren’t. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God’s most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them. The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge. It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don’t even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The Master makes that judgment.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-4 MSG
Did you notice the requirements? “Reliability” and “accurate knowledge”. The NKJV calls that faithfulness: “it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). This isn’t a bonus, this isn’t “extra credit” – faithfulness, reliability, having accurate knowledge is required. Why? Because it is our job as stewards to pass along the knowledge we have been given, to clear a path that others can follow. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a secret to keep – it’s a gift to share. Steward this truth well!
“I’m writing as a father to you, my children. I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled. There are a lot of people around who can’t wait to tell you what you’ve done wrong, but there aren’t many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up. It was as Jesus helped me proclaim God’s Message to you that I became your father.” 1 Corinthians 4:14-16 MSG
Discern the difference between people and fathers (1 Cor 5:14-16). That’s an important distinction to make. A father would give counsel for the benefit of the hearer, in love, making an investment into others. What a great example of leadership. What a kindness to share truth.
1 Cor 6:9-11, still true today, as much as we want to pretend otherwise. Speaking the truth in love to those within our sphere of influence is a help.