A Healthy Fear of God
This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2 (NIV 1984)
It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:31 (NIV 1984)
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Hebrews 13:17 (NIV 1984)
There’s a certain perspective when it comes to accountability for our leadership in the Kingdom. This perspective knows that our leadership roles and responsibilities are given to us by the Lord. They are delegated to us for a period of time and then we will be asked to transition them to another. All roles are temporary and are a privilege, not a right!
When serving in our leadership roles, we are asked to steward the Lord’s resources – people, money, time, opportunities – for His glory. We are expected to increase Kingdom assets (growth is a Kingdom value) – see the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25) and the Parable of the Ten Coins (Luke 19). And when our leadership is done, we will have to give an account to the One who gave us the responsibility in the first place.
This accounting should be sobering and humbling. It should inspire and motivate us, as well as help us purify our motives. It can be an accounting that yields rewards for faithful service. Or, it can be a time of loss for unfaithfulness and a revealing of impure motives (see I Corinthians 3).
Whose glory am I seeking? My flesh cries out for attention, credit, and honor from others. I want to be successful! But, why? Is it for the Lord and to advance His Kingdom that I strive so hard? Or is it for myself? Whose glory am I really seeking?
Lord – may you purify my impure motives and may any credit that comes my way be rightly reserved for you alone.
What’s motivating you…. really?