The question is not ‘Am I leader?’ but rather ‘What kind of leader am I?’ We either seek to serve others for God’s glory or prop ourselves up as ‘lord’ for personal gain.
We are instructed to ‘build up’ the Body of Christ into spiritual unity, maturity and Christ-exalting love. This is done when each believer in the local congregation is actively growing in the Lord and eagerly serving one another with their spiritual gifts.
When the circumstances of life are challenging, it can be easy to dwell on them. However, the Holy Spirit reminds us in Luke 1, that we should instead turn our eyes upon the Lord and rejoice in His salvation.
There is no infidelity on Jesus’ end. He is always faithful and true. But God’s people must make intentional decisions to ‘cling’ to the LORD. What does this look like? We can learn a little from Joshua's challenge in Joshua 23.
When integrity is chosen over apathy and honesty is chosen over dodging the truth, these decisions can serve as a way of making God’s glory visible. Do we recognize these moments as divine? Perhaps we should!
There are times when God’s supernatural power becomes clearly evident when we eagerly obey God’s word and declare our faith vocally. The battle at Jericho is only one specific example, but there are others.
If we’re honest about our own tendencies towards forgetfulness, we’ll recognize that we need intentional habits in order to properly remember God's power, provision and mercy.