GovernanceBro. David Chancellor
3/12/2006 11:00 AM
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
The writer was pointing people to the ant. The ant does some things to its benefit. Something within the ant makes it do what it does. As people, at times we need leadership and direction, but we also need something within to motivate us to do right. External leadership can’t replace the need for internal motivation.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs; singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” This is how we will be motivated to do right; it requires something within. Something will come within your life to govern it from within. God intended that through Christ there would be something within to govern our lives and bring understanding.
1 Timothy 3:4-5
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
This means to “stand before.” It refers to being the example of how you want things to be. It is showing the right way to live. We want to present what is godly and right at home. You can’t lead well elsewhere when you can’t lead well at home. Live right at home. Live love at home. Be a good example for others to follow.
1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
This refers to those that stand up and are a good example. These are worthy of our support and honor. They’re pointing the right way, and are a good example.
Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. … Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. … Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
These scriptures all refer to the leaders. Follow their faith, considering their lives, and how their lives are working out. Consider how they are leading, and follow the good example. Take the weaker position; don’t insist on having your own way. We need leaders. Sometimes we need to change for the good of others. Sometimes we back down to make things work. Avoid the, “I know best,” and the “I’m the leader, do what I say regardless of what God shows you,” attitudes. These scriptures are here to encourage leadership that helps us work together. Greet those that lead, and everyone else, too. The gospel makes us equal in God’s sight, and helps us to work together. We want a good relationship with everyone. We need to be able to be led, but the leaders also need to be able to lead. Be an example that others can follow.
1 Peter 5:1-5
The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Take the leadership willingly, not by force or for money, but to help others. Leadership is not lordship. We have a Lord in Christ, and his is the ultimate leadership. Subordinate yourselves one to another. There is no place for one man to take an exalted position. “…for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble…” Everyone needs humility. Good leaders are humble people. They have to consider the impact of their actions on others. We all need the grace of God to live as we should down here. Contribute to the work of God in the way he has chosen for you. God has to rule our hearts for things to go well with his people. He will help us to work together and lift him up. Live so that God can shine out through you. God has provided leaders, but it works because he causes our hearts to be joined together.