TUESDAY, MARCH 26
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”
Hebrews 13:7 ESV
PRAYING FOR WHAT OUR LEADERS DO
A game warden catches an unlicensed fisherman in the act and says, “You’re going to pay a big fine for all those fish in your bucket.” “But, officer, I didn’t catch these — they are my pet fish and I just bring them here to swim. When they’re done they jump back into the bucke,t” replied the fisherman. The warden says, “Oh really? This I’ve got to see. If you can prove it, I’ll let you go.” The fisherman empties the bucket into the lake and waits patiently. A few minutes go by and nothing happens. The game warden then asked, “So where are the fish?” The fisherman replies, “What fish?”
When Christian leaders get caught in the act of doing something they shouldn’t do it’s not always easy to clean up the mess. It seems the news is constantly filled with churches leaders and denominations facing some sort of scandal. The author of Hebrews wants us to have leaders who finish well and have lives worth imitating. Hebrews 13:7 says, “Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” The “outcome” is the idea to look at the whole course of their life, especially the end of it. How did they run? They will stumble along the way but did they finish well? And then the word “imitate” comes from the same word we get our word mimic. We are encouraged to imitate the faith of the leaders who finish well.
Genuine faith in Jesus affects our daily choices and keeps us moving in a direction to look and live more like Jesus. No leader will ever be perfect but the lifelong direction of their faith can constantly point us to Jesus. We need healthy examples of people walking by faith to lead us. Pray now for the leaders in our church to not only say what Jesus wants them to say but to do what Jesus wants them to do. Also pray this same prayer for your own life.