I am reading a book right now called, “Covenant and Kingdom, the DNA of the Bible.” The author goes through the Bible and demonstrates how the two themes, Covenant & Kingdom are the two consistent ideas that go from Genesis to Revelation. The author, Mike Breen laid out the relationship between David and Saul and he said this about their leadership styles,
“But Saul had not learned. God is not looking for a clever king, just one whose heart was surrendered to the Lord. Saul had tried to take his own approach to kingship rather than the path of simple obedience.”
How much time do church leaders give to gimmick? How much time do we give to events that will, “bring people in”? How much of our lives are surrendered in obedience? Some lead from their title and authority. Some lead by their physical stature, Saul was noted to be the tallest Israelite. I think the most powerful leaders I have served with have lead from a conviction that comes from their obedience to God. We have all had someone in our lives who have led from sincere conviction. They lead from their passion and not their gifting. They lead from their heart rather than their stature. When people lead this way they are hard not to follow.
I have two questions for church leaders.
1. Are you leading from a simple obedience to the Lord?
2. Do you lead out of conviction and calling or power and authority?