Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Light of Leadership

UV 1760/10000 The Light Of Leadership
And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 22 v 5
God is light and in Him is no darkness, neither of ignorance nor of evil. He gives us His light: love, integrity, goodness, godliness, grace, happiness, holiness, health, truth,tenacity and triumph over darkness or evil. The absence of God is evil. The absence of goodness is evil or darkness. The presence of God brings light. People living in darkness get used to it and do not want to experience light. They do not understand light or to acquire these qualities. These are the spiritual graces that distinguish a godly leader. The path of each of these factors becomes brighter and brighter and not diminish. We need to increase in the measure of our love for God and for fellow man. We need to increase in our understanding of the love of God, discern its unfathomable depth, its length, and width. Love is three dimensional even as life is three dimensional. It implies that our love should be manifested in real time in a real way. Unlike God who is absolute in all these attributes or graces, we need to keep increasing in each quality- in love, in integrity, in goodness, godliness, grace, happiness, holiness, holistic health, truth, tenacity and triumph over the forces and factors of darkness. Light travels far and fast. Similarly, these godly attributes of ours, given to us by grace, need to travel far and fast for His glory.
The Lord has intended each of us to be a leader in our own rights but by His light. He desires that we be the head and not the tail. He desires that we be visionary leaders and not blind or short sighted leaders. The span of our vision should extend to eternity and the width should cover the whole globe. He anoints us as rulers or leaders. Except the house of leadership be built in vain, the rulers labour in vain. The Lord will help us integrate our spirits, minds and bodies such that we have a sense of integrity and we experience oneness with Him. He will show us His goodness. He will add grace to grace in our lives. He will shape our character to be godly or like Him. He will cause us and teach us to be happy, peaceful or blessed as defined by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. He will sanctify us and rid us of all hidden factors that contaminate our faith and lives. He will reveal the hidden truths in His Word that we can judge ourselves in accordance with it, set right our areas of error and falsehood.
We need no human teachers or blind leaders to lead us for the Spirit of God Himself will guide us into all truth and teach us all that we need to know. We become the channels to usher in the rule of God on earth. We subject ourselves to His discipline. We exercise authority over the spiritual realms in His name and on His behalf. We shall overcome the world even as Jesus overcame the world. He has anointed us to reign as kings and priest, kings in authority over the spiritual realms, the invisible world and priests to intercede on behalf of fellow believers and the lost and spiritually blind. We have to blend or balance firmness with compassion, authority with humility and exercise our spiritual gifts with diligence. We need to be consistent in manifesting or celebrating by experience love, integrity, goodness, grace, godliness, happiness, holiness, holistic health, truthfulness. Our choice may at best be a lesser or greater degree of each of these attitudes and attributes. Our aim should be an ever increasing degree. Our endeavour should be not to allow an alternation between light and darkness, between love and hatred, integrity and dishonesty, goodness and evil, happiness and sadness, holiness and a lack of reverence for God, truth and its absence or violation. Darkness can never resist light. It flees in the presence of light. Hence, when we experience and cherish the light, the dark factors of our lives that troubled us this far shall flee.

Prateep V Philip

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