Daily Delight

Monday, August 1, 2016

We all have leaders. We all have people in our life who have gone before us. God lives in a beautiful servant-leadership called the Trinity. He created humans in a beautiful servant-leader relationship when He created Adam and Eve. Families have leaders - they're called parents. Whether it's our workplace, church, family, community, wherever - there are people who lead us and people we lead (whether we're all aware of it or not). It's a role we need to take seriously - because it affects those who come after us.

One of the biggest lies we can believe is that leaders have to be perfect. Truth: God is the only perfect Leader. That's why we call him the Good Shepherd! And the rest of us human beings? We’re what you call beautifully imperfect leaders. 

Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their fruitfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. For Jesus doesn’t change - yesterday, today and tomorrow, he’s always totally himself - Hebrews 13:17 (MSG)

Do you see what is being encouraged here? Don't copy every little thing about your leaders - that could get weird - but appreciate them. Appreciate who they are and what they've done. Actually look at their lives - their choices, their actions, their words - and let their fruitfulness instruct you. Don't critique their flaws and failings - and don't copy it either! Let their fruitfulness - their strengths and greatness - be what inspires you and set a pattern for you to follow. And ultimately, who are we really patterning ourselves after here? Jesus! The Good Shepherd. The Good (perfect) Leader! 


About the Author

Nikki Dent≫ ≫Nikki is a new generation speaker, writer, pastor and surfer from Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia. Her life involves a kaleidoscope of roles, platforms, layers, colours, stories and seasons. 26 & Married to a skater boy with two gorgeous baby girls, Nikki has been teaching and preaching the Word of God since she was 19 years old. She is insanely passionate about helping people seek, understand, experience and fall in love with the Word of God for themselves - which is why she founded Paper & Treasure, a website designed to be a tool in the hand of young women who want to dig for treasure in the paper of their bibles. She'd love for you to pay it a visit at www.paperandtreasure.com, and you can find her on Instagram @paperandtreasure


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