May 26, 2005
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them; if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence…
Today, I’m going to talk to you about the gift of leading, also called the gift of administration. This word in Scripture literally means “he who is placed in front” or “he who leads.” It is the God-given capacity to organize, administer, and lead efficient spiritual organizations. God gives members of His body the ability to effectively mobilize and organize people into action.
Our God is a God of order and of design. He organized the cosmos from chaos into our universe. Our bodies are also organized and highly efficient systems, which He designed. Just as well, the church needs to be organized and efficiently directed in meeting its spiritual goals. In Scripture Paul told the Corinthians, who specialized in confusion, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40).
The gift of leading and ruling is a spiritual ministry and should be recognized and respected. If God calls someone to lead, He calls others to follow. Therefore, those who are under spiritual authority in the church must always be sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who are leading. It is not a dictatorship, but instead it is a directorship. God doesn’t call people who lead churches to be lords, but to be leaders. It is not a kind of organizational hierarchy, but it is an honored authority.
Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who much give account…” Have you been called to lead? Do you possess a vision for the future? Do you desire to see things done decently and in order? Do you have the ability to motivate others into action? Has God blessed you with wisdom and courage to make decisions for others? And has God given you a servant heart and spirit? Then you may possess the gift of leading.
God has supernaturally gifted some of you to lead the church as ministers, nursery workers, heads of committees, and so on. Always be cautious of any spirit of rebellion when leading others. If you feel like God has blessed you with this gift, find someone to keep you accountable, remain prayerful, and live your life as a testimony to others.
SCRIPTURE IS CLEAR. THOSE WHO ARE GIVEN LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
AND RESPONSIBILITY MUST BEGIN BY LEADING WITH THEIR LIVES.