UV 1198/10,000 Stewardship of Leader Gifts
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12 v 8
The grace of God is manifold and He distributes gifts liberally to His chosen ones in order that these gifts be exercised for the benefit of all, to build relationships of people with God, to transform character, conduct and communication. Many think that leadership is an art that can be learnt. This uni-verse states that leadership or authority to lead is itself a spiritual gift or calling from God to be exercised with more than just due diligence but extraordinary diligence. According to our calling, we are given appropriate gifts that we should discover, own, use, develop, manage and give glory to God. We are to be good stewards of the gifts given to us.
Leaders or rulers or administrators are to rule or act with diligence. Diligence implies that one needs to study every aspect of the assigned work rigourously. We need to analyse, understand and apply ourselves to the task at hand. We ought not to conform to the patterns of leadership in the world but be transformed by renewing our minds with continual study of the patterns of leadership contained in the Word. We are called to be first transformed before we can ourselves be agents of transformation.
In the world many people exhort in order to extort. But the Lord expects godly leaders to exhort people to encourage them to grow to the very stature of Christ. In the world, many people give in order to build their reputation or with some other motive. But the Lord wants us to give with liberality and without publicity. We are also called to show mercy to others for wilful acts or accidental errors even as the Lord is merciful to us. It also implies that we show compassion to those who are hurting in their lives.
Prateep V Philip