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Weep and wail, you shepherds; roll in the dust, you leaders of the
flock. For your time to be slaughtered has come; you will fall and be
shattered like fine pottery. 35 The shepherds will have nowhere to flee, the leaders of the flock no place to escape. 36 Hear the cry of the shepherds, the wailing of the leaders of the flock, for the LORD is destroying their pasture. 37 The peaceful meadows will be laid waste because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
But as soon as Jeremiah finished telling all the people everything the
Lord had commanded him to say, the priests, the prophets and all the
people seized him and said, “You must die! 9 Why do you prophesy in the
Lord’s name that this house will be like Shiloh and this city will be
desolate and deserted?” And all the people crowded around Jeremiah in
the house of the Lord.
failure of leaders to seek and honor God is a tragedy. Nations,
families, churches, organizations, businesses, and ministries all need
to be led and shepherded by men and women who are humble before God,
love truth, and are guided by integrity. Leadership is a sacred trust
and God holds leaders accountable for the way they lead.
Response and Action:
will take leadership responsibilities seriously and aspire to be a good
leader. Every opportunity I have to lead must be seen as an opportunity
to honor God. I will seek God, study the scriptures, pursue
righteousness and integrity, and commit myself to learning sound
principles of leadership. Following Christ is the first and highest
principle for leading others.
God, you are my God and I will praise you forever. I will seek you in
the morning and learn to walk in your ways. Lead me every step of the
way. Teach me to follow you, and as I follow you, grant me the ability
to lead others to do the same. Help me to be an effective leader in my
home, in my church, in my community and in every other good endeavor.
I ask this in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Shepherd. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
1 Peter 5:1-4
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of
Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over
them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you
to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Basic Christian Leadership: Biblical Models of Church, Gospel And Ministry
by John Stott