Tonight the current leadership of Faith Bible Church will meet together with the leadership boards of this coming year. Each year during June the leadership of both the Board of Deacons and the Board of Elders reviews the previous 12 months and reflects on all the Lord has done. Some years this causes a celebration and other years the look back is painful. Some years we can rejoice at the faithfulness of leadership and other years there is mourning because of poor stewardship, ineffective discipleship, moral failure or lost opportunities.
Leadership matters. One can certainly discern the significance of leadership from today's reading in the One Year Bible. Today Jehu, king of Israel, beheaded Ahab's 70 sons and killed "his great men and his acquaintances and his priests, until he left him without a survivor" (2 Kings 10:11). This king of Israel, eliminated Baal worship from the land of Israel and did "well in executing what is right" in the eyes of the Lord (10:30) and even turned the house of Baal into a latrine (10:27)! Today Queen Athaliah, upon discovering her own son was dead, "destroyed all the royal offspring" (2 Kings 11:1). In the New Testament, Paul was saved by Gallio, proconsul of Achaia...a political leader, because Gallio refused to rule concerning Jewish theological matters (Acts 18:15) and, as a consequence, released Paul. One also finds Apollos being taken in and taught "the way of God more accurately" (18:26) by Aquilla and Priscilla. Leadership matters.
You are an influencer...a leader. You might not have the power to have others beheaded, turn civic buildings into bathrooms or command prisoners to be released from imprisonment by the swipe of your pen or the power of your personality. However, your life and your influence is far greater than you might imagine. The Lord wants to use your life, your abilities, your time, and your possessions to destroy "every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God" (2 Cor. 10:5). You have been "created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand" (Eph. 2:10). You have been called to be an active rescuer...not necessarily from prison cells but from bondage to sin and death. You 'are Christ’s ambassador' (2 Cor. 5:18-20). People around you are watching your life, questioning your decisions, evaluating your relationships, and listening to your words. Leadership matters. To whom does your leadership point?!