DATE : Thursday 4 September 2014
Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that
I may be filled with joy;
2 Timothy 1:4
Read: Acts 4:36-37
36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed
Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of
consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at
the apostles’ feet.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JOHN 17:1-19:16 and JOB 33:8-18
Two peculiar perils that confront Christian Leadership are
discouragement and undue elation. A spiritual leader is in
peril of being unduly depressed by inevitable times of
discouragement and being unduly elated by inevitable days
of uplifting experiences and achievements. Both of these
seasons are experienced in every work for God. It is
important for a spiritual leader to be watchful in seasons
when everything goes well, when goals are reached, when
planned endeavours are crowned with success, when the
Spirit moves, souls are saved and saints are blessed. At
such times, a mature leader should know on whose brow to
place the crown of achievements. He should be careful not
to arrogate to himself the glory that belongs to God alone.
There are also moments of discouragement. These are
seasons when everything seems not to be going well, when
goals are frustrated, when planned endeavours flop, when
the Spirit refuses to move and worship services seem
insipid and lifeless. At such times, a leader needs
encouragement. He should however be careful not to
misbehave. Someone summed up what should be the
attitude of a wise leader at moments of elation and
discouragement in these cryptic words: “If successful, do
not crow; if defeated do not croak”. Everyone needs
encouragement. Everyone needs assistance. Everyone
needs comfort. Everyone needs the prayers of others.
Apostle Paul knew this truth when he requested in
Ephesians 6:18-19 that brethren should pray for him. Are
you a source of encouragement or an instrument of
discouragement to your leader? There are several ways
Christians can encourage their leaders. One is by
obedience. Obey your leader. Make his work easy,
enjoyable and interesting for him. Demonstrate that you
love him. Be his friend.
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
John 15:14
Another way to encourage your leader is through voluntary
service. Render assistance to your leader. Do whatever you
can to boost his ministry and ensure that it flourishes. Use
your talents, gifts and material resources for the
furtherance of the work entrusted into the hands of your
leader. Be sacrificial in your service. The dispensing of
encouragement should however be reciprocal. Just as
subordinates are expected to encourage their leaders,
leaders should also encourage their subordinates. Our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Luke 8:2-3 was encouraged
by Mary Magdalene and some other women who
ministered to him out of their resources. However, before
these women could minister to him, Jesus had encouraged
them by his own ministration of salvation, healing and
deliverance. Additionally, a spiritual leader is a father, and
fathers are enjoined in the scriptures not to provoke or
frustrate their children (Ephesians 6:4). Do not deny them
their rights and privileges.
Prayer Point:
Father, help me to be an encourager.


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