Posted by: bshelley | April 22, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 22, 2008

Today’s Verse: Ephesians 5:3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not be named among you, as is proper among the saints; NASB

I really don’t want to write this devotional today. My heart is heavy because of some issues in the church’s life right now. I read a quote last week by Peter Drucker that reminded me of something very important. He said, “Managers do things right, leaders do right things.” Leadership in any organization is a difficult. In churches it is often even more of an unthanking position. You get to make all the tough decisions, you are one of the last ones there cleaning up after church functions and you always feel obligated to be the last one in the pot luck food line after all the good stuff has been picked over. Why do we need leaders? Why do we need people who are willing, albeit sometimes reluctantly, to make the hard call? One of the saddest quotes I have heard is, “Church would be easy and great if it weren’t for all the people.” The church is the people. People sin. People do horrible, foolish and divisive things sometimes even in the church. It is heart breaking to see and even more difficult to clean up. Leaders have to do right things. Even when it is going to make them unpopular with those who would rather sweep things under the rug or look the other way. No one enjoys having to address such things in the body. Church leaders are called as shepherds to protect the flock from sin and harm. They do their best at that. It may not be with perfection, but someone has to, under Christ’s headship, at times make the hard decisions to the best of their God-given ability. I pray that when you are faced with those kinds of moments that God will provide leaders who do right things because they are the right things. Pray for them. Pray with them. Pray for wisdom for all. Most of all, if your leaders are standing up and standing against sin in the body, pray hard before you line up against them. Pray hard, because “immorality or any impurity or greed must not be named among you.”

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