Read 2 Chronicles 19
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Scripture- 2 Chronicles 19:5-6- He appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, “Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the Lord. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case."
Observations- King Jehoshaphat sought to honor God as well as he could. One of the things he did was appoint godly leaders throughout the nation to help bring justice, peace, and build good will. He knew that integrity and faithfulness in such roles would matter greatly- to the individuals involved and to the nation as a whole.
Application- Guess what? Leaders still matter- a lot- in Jesus' church. Jesus modeled leadership based on humility, being a servant, taking risks, working through a team of people with whom He shared responsibility, and not demanding His own way. There are many ways for each of us to lead in and through Jesus' church. How can you best love and serve others for Jesus' sake?
Prayer- Lord, leadership in Your church matters. We lift our pastoral and lay leadership up to Your throne of grace today. Speak and work through them to strengthen Your church in ways that bring You glory. Guide us to love and serve You and one another in ways that will make Jesus smile and honor the way He led. Amen.
"Courageous leaders face unpleasant and even devastating situations with equanimity, then act firmly to bring good from trouble, even if their action is unpopular. Leadership always faces natural human inertia and opposition. But courage follows through with a task until it is done." (J. Oswald Chambers),
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