Paul writes, "Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task." (1 Timothy 3:1)
God appointed elders perform the noble task of leading the local church.
The gift of leadership demonstrates the ability and power to guide and oversee the activities if the church id the spiritual good of all.
While those who have this gift have the ability to seemingly lead effortlessly, it is not to be done haphazardly. Paul admonishes us concerning the spiritual gift of leading by saying, "if it is to lead, do it diligently." (Romans 12:8)
As we recently said concerning all the gifts of the Spirit, we should follow Jehoshaphats advice to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord .”
(1 Kings 22:5)
Paul was an example of a gifted leader whose goal was to "develop Christ- centered, Spirit-empowered and spiritually mature followers of Jesus."
Leadership carries with it a huge responsibility, as the writer to the Hebrews says, "Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account." (Hebrews 13:17) Leaders will give an account for those entrusted to them.
If you are a leader, lead diligently.
Mike and Daphne.