The Great Commission's Focus is Not on Leadership

Leaders can be influential and that isn't bad as long as they are influencing people toward God and His ways and not making it about themselves and what they think is right. Because of their influence, people tend to follow human leaders and so the risk always exists that more attention goes on the human leader than on the Lord.

The pull toward a human leader happens.

By nature, we can easily gravitate more toward what is seen rather than what is unseen. Unless constantly pointed toward the Lord, we might keep our sights more on the flesh and bone leader than on a God who is spirit.
By nature, many people tend to be followers and so they simply go where the leader takes them. Unless constantly reminded that the Lord is the Chief Shepherd, we might follow the under-shepherd instead.

The pull toward a human leader can happen because of:

Natural tendencies:
  • Certain personalities tend to be magnetizing.
  • Spiritual maturity in a leader tends to draw people.
  • Leadership positions tend to gender an extra level of respect.
Dysfunctional tendencies:
  • Pride in leaders can cause them to elevate themselves beyond where they should, causing them to expect allegiance.
  • Insecurities in leaders can cause them to over-compensate, drawing undue attention in their direction.
Contrived tendencies:
  • Misconceptions of the role/responsibilities of a leader can cause them to be more controlling than they ought to be.

The pull toward a human leader can be strong.

We read of the Apostle Peter being revered. Someone actually fell at his feet. "But Peter made him get up. 'Stand up,' he said, 'I am only a man myself.'" (Acts 10:26)
Deliberate attempts must be made by a leader to point the attention toward where it belongs ... on the Lord.
To Do: If you tend to relish in this kind of attention, perhaps you need to memorize the following Scripture verses. When the "need" arises, recite this truth as a reminder to yourself of where the focus must go.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. (Col. 1:17-18)
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