If you look throughout the Bible, you begin to see something pretty clear. God calls people out all kinds of places, even from places that don’t seem like a good place for God’s chosen person to come from. But no matter who they are and where they came from, even if they are ruler of the entire nation, that person always has a leader that they go to.
Moses’ father-in-law came a and told him a better way to govern the Israelites. David honored Saul even when Saul went crazy and tried to kill him. And even the apostles looked to Peter for leadership after Jesus ascended to heaven.
No matter who you are or what you do as a Christian, you need to be under leadership.
Everyone. When you are a new Christian, you need to have someone who has been a Christian for a while to go to and learn how to do things right. If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you need someone who can give you good council. If you’re 115 years old and you’ve been a Christian your whole life and everyone comes to you for good advice and leadership, even you need someone who’s leadership you are under.
What about the pastor?
The pastor of your church should be under leadership as well. Go ask him. He probably has a pastor from his past he goes to, or if you’re in an organized denomination then he’s under a huge structure of leaders under leaders under leaders.
Your pastor should answer to God, but if he doesn’t answer to anyone else, then he’s in a scary place.
Why is it scary to not have leadership?
If you hear from God and no one else can tell you that you’re wrong, you’re probably going to go full steam away from the direction God wants you to go. Or maybe at the wrong time. Or with the wrong people. And you get the full blame for all of the people who follow your lead.
What do I get out of being under leadership?
How does leadership protect anyone?
Well, like we talked about before, it protects you from hearing from God wrong. But here’s the really good one, God holds the leader accountable for the people he leads. That means that if you are under leadership and God tells you to do something, but your leader tells you not to, God doesn’t hold you accountable for not doing it. The leader that you are submitted to takes the blame for you not doing what God says.
This is no excuse for not obeying God. You can’t just go and find someone to be submitted to because they’re saying what you want to hear. They have to be your leader all the time.
Who should be my leader?
If your church has any kind of small groups or leadership structure, then that’s where your leadership should come from. If not, then go ask your pastor. In some cases he’ll probably tell you to come to him for your leadership, but he might tell you to go to one of his elders or a strong member of the church. Whatever he tells you, you need to do it because he’s your leader even if there’s going to be a leader that you go to instead of directly to him.
Leadership is an institution set up by God to give you guidance and security. Submit to the leaders in your life and you’ll start to find a new freedom and security in Christ. And don’t be a lone wolf.
If you want to learn more about godly leadership and why it’s important, read Undercover by John Bevere. It’s awesome!