Why Leaders Get Weary

pastorsleepWhen we think of the leaders who are in our lives, we tend to believe they are Superman or Wonder Woman. They have such strength, knowledge, wisdom, and the get up and go like a lion, in which we are all amazed to see. Though we believe our leaders are always ready and available at our beckon call, they do get weary.

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” As much as we may know this scripture, God’s leaders do get weary. To be weary means to feel tired, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.

Our leaders are up all night praying and covering us while we are asleep. They are there to council us when we are in a crisis. They run to and fro from the hospital when we request their presence. They pour their heart into their sermons and teaching sessions making sure we receive ALL the Lord has for us to receive. And after all of this is done, the leader is exhausted and tired, and weak.

I know you may say leaders do not get weak, but I have an example to give you to show you they do get weak and we need to do all we can to keep them strengthened in the work of the Lord. In Exodus 17 there was a battle between Amalek and Israel in Rephidim. Rephidim’s meaning is a place of Rest, but the enemy began to attack in this place. God’s leader (Moses, under God’s direction) led the people to a place where their souls could rest from their journey.

Moses instructed Joshua to choose men who would fight, and he told him he would stand on the top of the hill for them to see him. The scripture goes on to say that while Moses hands were lifted Israel prevailed, but when he let his hands down, Amalek prevailed. Now we can dissect this in many ways, but the truth is this…Moses was tired! When our leaders are tired the enemy will come in and prevail over us, but if we learn to hold their hands up, we all will get the victory over the enemy.

Our leaders get weary because we are not keeping them lifted up in prayer. Our leaders get weary because we do not encourage them in the work of the Lord. Our leaders get weary because we do not labor in the vineyard God has assigned us to labor in. Our leaders get weary because we do not support the ministry financially. The list can go on and on concerning our leaders being weary. Galatians 6:6 GNT says, “If you are being taught the Christian message, you should share all the good things you have with your teacher.” In order for our leaders to not fall in the weary category we must share what our leaders have given us by the way we communicate back to them their lessons. We do this by allowing them to see change in our lives. We communicate to our leaders by keeping them lifted in prayer. We communicate to our leaders by submitting to their authority according to Hebrews 13:17.

We must begin to take on the attitude of Hur and Aaron when they held up Moses hands to help the people succeed. The scripture says we must bear one another’s burdens because this is how we are fulfilling the Law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Our Pastors/Leaders do get tired, and they miss a lot of peace and rest while attempting to make sure we do not lose our place in God. Let’s help our leaders stay in a place of a spiritual Rephidim by keeping them lifted up before the Lord.

Don’t Touch Your Commander!

Psalm 105:13-15 “When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.Dot_not_touch

When I was in the military we had a rank structure that was necessary for order, and a particular level of responsibility. Each person had to understand their rank and position because anytime someone thought they were above what their actual pay grade was, you stood a chance at being locked up (meaning put at the position of attention and not being able to say anything because the hammer is getting ready to be laid on you). This rank structure (for example purposes) went from an E-1 to an E-4. Individuals that carried this rank were fresh in basic training. Though some people came in with a little rank like E-2, E-3, or E-4, you still had to go through basic training. That rank in basic only meant you received some formal training (like higher education or JROTC), but you still needed to be broken.

The same thing goes for the body of Christ. There is a structure that takes place in the body. We all have a commander in chief, and He is Jesus Christ. Now, in the military we have generals that are close to the commander in chief, and they receive information about things that most soldiers would never know about. But, I will take this to a different level in the military.

Each unit has a company, and that company has a company commander. For explanatory purposes I will say the company commander is the pastor. The company commander is responsible for all tasks and missions assigned to that particular unit. Each pastor has been given a small piece of the Heavenly Kingdom’s vision, and it is that commander’s (pastor’s) responsibility to do all that he/she can to see that the mission is complete.

Whenever we conducted DNC (or drill and ceremony) as a company, the company commander would give us a command which is normally in two parts. The first part is the preparatory command which informs us of the movement that is to be carried out, and prepares us mentally for the action that we are getting ready to take.

The command of execution lets us know when to do it, and what it is we are doing. For instance, if the commander says “FORWARD!” that word is repeated all the way down to the platoon leader which states that all of those in leadership have heard what the commander (pastor) is preparing us for, and that they repeat it to their members. The command “MARCH!” is what the commander wants us to do, and no one repeats that because the commander is the only one that can execute anything in this formation unless he/she has delegated another authority head to do so in their absence.

The same thing goes for the body of Christ. We have commanders (pastors as I stated earlier) that have the authority to prepare and execute their particular assignment, as their orders are given to them. As platoon leaders and squad leaders, our jurisdiction is limited to the area that we have been assigned to. Platoon leaders are like ministers in the body that help assist the commander in the menial things that go on in a soldier’s life. The platoon leader (minister) helps with making sure the vision of the company is well understood by those who are growing in their knowledge of the mission, and the purpose of being a soldier.

The thing that hurt so many churches (companies) is that the young soldier (private) wants to challenge what the commander is doing when the commander has the authority to strip an individual of his/her rank, give them punishment for challenging the commander’s authority, or can even be recommended to be released from the military with a dishonorable discharge.

Sometimes in Drill and Ceremony procedures, the commander may give the wrong order. Now if the commander does not correct the preparatory command with “AS YOU WERE!” you have to follow that particular command of execution, and fix it the best way you can after that order is released. It is not our job to holler out in formation that the commander has given the incorrect order because that is making the commander look bad. Our job is to follow orders and trust that our commander is going to get us out of that jam.Feb27Story18mc

All of these things happen on a regular basis in the body of Christ. So many members in the body are always challenging authority and think that they are not supposed to be punished. In the beginning of this text, I opened up with Psalm 105:13-15. This scripture is letting us know that it is wrong to speak against and challenge those whom the Lord has appointed and anointed to do His Will (Hebrews 13:7,17).

When a soldier fought against everything that went on in the military, you were looked over for promotions, schooling, and special assignments. The commander did not care how great you were in your knowledge of your job, or how you excelled in your physical activities. You were a hard head that was non submissive, couldn’t follow orders, and a rebel. These types of soldiers were poisonous to the mission of the unit, and had to be dealt with.ucmj

Blessings flow down from the one that has the executive authority to point our lives in the direction of the mission for our life, and for the mission of the unit we are in. Soldiers come from all walks of life, and it is the commander’s job to make sure that his/her leaders are echoing the preparatory commands that he/she is getting ready to execute for the company. The commander doesn’t always have the choice on who is assigned to the unit. The department of defense makes that call according to the need of that unit’s mission. The same goes for the body of Christ. The pastor does not always have a say in who is assigned to their unit because the Lord adds to the church, not man. But the pastor can recommend a soldier get removed if his/her behavior is detrimental to the mission of that unit.

  • People like Korah, Dathan and Abiram in Numbers 16 challenged God’s authority and was dealt with.
  • Aaron and Miriam in Numbers 12 challenged God, and Miriam was dealt with.

Quotes concerning those who challenged or mocked God

The man who built the Titanic

After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.

With an ironic tone he said: “Not even God can sink it”

The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.

 

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.

He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.

After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:

“I don’t need your Jesus”.

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment .

 

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:

“Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, Today we are more famous than Him” (1966).

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times. 

 

Campinas (IN 2005)

In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend,

The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 

“My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You, “

She responded: “Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here, It’s Already Full.”

Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.

The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken .

 

So the next time a person thinks that he/she can walk into the governor’s office and set him/her straight and not go to jail; you have another thing coming.

If you think that you can walk into the president’s office, and not get dealt with; think again.

Now these are just mortal men and women, so what more do you think will happen to a person that challenges the hand of God on a person’s life, and think nothing will happen? 

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Opportunity Knocks

OpportunityOpportunities are something that we should always be ready for. An opportunity gives us a door to advance or progress a person into the next phase of his/her life. Proverbs 3:27 says, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” I take this as saying, “When you have the opportunity to do something for someone, DO IT!” We should never push anyone aside because we all play a vital role in the kingdom of God.

 
This is very important as children of God because when we are allowed the opportunity to advance others to reach their destiny in life; we are also advancing ourselves to become greater leaders. An example of this is Elijah and Elisha. Elisha was minding his own business when Elijah showed up and threw his mantle upon him. Elisha didn’t say, “Hey man, why did you throw that old dirty mantle on me?” Elisha didn’t run from the opportunity that was thrown at him, but instead he informed his parents that he was leaving and ran after the opportunity that knocked on his door (1 Kings 19:19-21). By Elijah giving Elisha an opportunity, they both were considered to be great prophets recorded in history.

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Some of us are where we are because an opportunity was given to us. We have accomplished many things because someone had an eye to see the potential in us, and knew that we needed someone to help advance us to our next phase in life. I remember when I worked at Radio Shack many years ago, and I was forwarded an opportunity to go from a part time employee to a full time employee. I wanted to work in the Avenues Mall because that store received a lot of traffic, and I liked mingling with customers to learn what suited their needs. When I went to the Avenues Mall, the store manager wouldn’t give me the opportunity to work in his store because he believed that I didn’t have the sufficient knowledge to help accomplish the sales goal for that store, and  he didn’t have time to teach me. Even though I reassured him that I was a fast learner, and that he wouldn’t be disappointed in choosing me, he chose to go a different direction. I was hurt by this decision, but I hung in there, and said maybe this wasn’t the door for me to walk into.Opportunity-Knocks

 
It wasn’t too long after that where an opportunity opened up at another mall named Regency, and when I was allowed to walk through that door, I soared. I became the top female sales associate in our district, and I was selling anywhere from $25k to $28k worth of merchandise a month for a period of about 3 months. When the manager at Regency Mall gave me an opportunity to work for him, he became a candidate to be the next district manager in training. This opportunity wasn’t just about me, but it was about the store as a whole because we all excelled and raised the bar for sales.

 
opportunitybjkhWe should never neglect opportunities that come our way. This isn’t to say that we should run into every door which is opened to us, but we should recognize when the right opportunity arises and walk through that door when it is open. The Bible says in John 3:27, “no man can receive anything except it is given to him from heaven.” James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

 

Every chance that we receive in life; we should attempt to excel those that are placed in our lives. It is not always about us, but it is always about those that we have been given the opportunity to excel. Stay humble and keep a heart of a servant leader, so opportunities for advancing others can stay at the threshold of your heart.

 
Be blessed, and allow the opportunity of Christ’s leadership enter your life when he knocks on the door of your heart.

 

We Must Learn How to Serve Before We can Lead

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn order to be a successful leader, one must learn how to be a servant to those that he/she is leading. The word serve is not a bad thing, but in fact it describes what leaders should do: to furnish or supply with something needed or desired. A leader should be able to supply his/her people with what they need in order to accomplish the task at hand. A leader should also answer the needs of his/her people. This is very important because without this the people will dry up and wither away, and feel as if they are being short changed. Finally, a leader should provide services that benefit or help. A leader should never do anything to benefit or help themselves, but they should do all that they can to help and benefit their workers, their community, or those that they provide services to. Luke 22:26 But ye [shall] not [be] so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

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The Bible gives many examples of those that have served before they ever reached the office that the Lord had for them. The best example of this is David. David was anointed as king during a time that King Saul was operating as the king. When David was anointed he went back to doing what he was doing. He served his father Jesse by tending to his sheep. David did not storm the kings court, nor did he brag and boast to his father or brothers about the anointing that was poured over his life. Instead he just waited until he was called forth during the season that the Lord had appointed for him. When it came time for David to enter the palace, it wasn’t for him to rule, but it was a time of proving and testing. One must first know how to operate under the anointing for the position that the Lord has for him in order to occupy that place. It is said (by some Bible scholars) that David served in King Saul’s court approximately seven years. During this time David was learning humility, patience, strength, faith, and other characteristic traits in order to be fit for the destiny that the Lord has placed upon his life. Not once did the scripture mention that David tried to usurp King Saul’s authority by letting him know that he was anointed as king, and neither did David disrespect King Saul.

In the church today we have so many ministers/leaders that believe that they are suppose to tell the pastor what to do, and how often they should do it. So many leaders today are defiant to those that have the rule over them. They forget that they are suppose to submit themselves to those leaders in a manner of service, and not standing equal with those that are over them to watch their souls. (Hebrews 13:17)
One thing that David did for King Saul was that he ministered to him when he was troubled. It did not matter that king Saul had an evil spirit on him, David still ministered to him in a manner that refreshed Saul. (1 Samuel 16:23) The Lord wants to know how we will minister to those that he has placed over us before we move into a position of authority. Remember, we are being tested during this time.

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There is a level of confidentiality that we must maintain when we are learning from our leaders. We will see their good and their bad, but the Lord wants to know how well we will hold some things in our hearts, and offer what we see to the Lord. The reason why the Lord is allowing us to see certain things is because he wants to know how well we can cover the anointing that is on the lives of our leaders. We know that love covers all sins and gossipers destroy bonds that the Lord has made (Proverbs 17:9), but this doesn’t give us a reason to cover those that blatantly sin before the Lord and continue to operate through deception. Because if we allow people to operate in sins that our Bible speaks against then the ministry isn’t blameless, and the Gospel has become of no effect. (2 Corinthians 4:3, 6:3).boy-shh


The reason that we go through this is because the Lord wants to make sure that we are not trying to take what is ours instead of waiting for the Lord to place us where we need to be. We must be like Joseph and John when they said, “it is not in me, and I must decrease that he may increase” (Genesis 41:16; John 3:30). As you read though 1 Samuel 16 – 31 you will see that David had many opportunities to take King Saul’s life, but he respected the anointing that was once upon his life, and he respected the position that he was still occupying at the time. Each one of us as leaders will be tested with seeing will we try to kill our leaders when the Lord shows us their weaknesses, or will we humble ourselves, and continue to stay humble before the Lord by keeping them before us as our leaders. Now in today’s world we kill one another with our mouths by trying to defame one another, destroy one another character, and making ourselves look better than the other.


Through all of this David never sinned against King Saul nor the Lord. As a matter of fact, in 2 Samuel a soldier came to David to give him a report after King Saul, Jonathan, and their men were killed that David questioned him concerning how he knew this information. The man was an Amalekite, and he stated that he killed King Saul because he asked him to, and afterwards he stripped king Saul of his crown, and his bracelet and brought it to David. When David heard the news he fasted until evening for the people of God, but David was not pleased with the Amalekite’s eagerness to kill King Saul. This is what David said, “How wast though not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord’s Anointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, thy blood be upon thy head; for though mouth hath testified against thee, saying, I have slain the Lord’s anointed.” (2 Samuel 2:14-16) In all of this David still honored the man of God regardless of the state that he was in. People of the Lord lets make sure that we are allowing the Lord to establish us, and not we ourselves. Keep a heart of a servant at all times, and the Lord will exalt you in due season. 1 Peter 5:6

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