Papa Joe’s Solid Ground
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” (Hebrews 13:17 NASB)
Men, leadership can, at times, be extremely difficult to carry out. You may have given good instruction to a brother or sister in Christ with all the heart-filled intentions that will benefit them. You hopefully searched Gods word to make sure you were on track with Gods wisdom before you gave counsel. (Acts 18:25) Of course you asked the person you were going to instruct permission before you proceeded to share Gods wisdom. Most importantly you prayed and submitted your intentions to God (in line with His will), and invited the Holy Spirit in so you could lean on His understanding. (Prov. 3:5-6)
So upon completing those steps everything proceeded perfectly, right? Not necessarily! As a matter of fact you may receive some anger from the recipient of your heartfelt advice. There is just something about the truth that reveals, and triggers those hot buttons in all of us causing our blood pressure to rise. It’s like being caught with your hand in the cookie jar when you were a child just before dinner. Mom instructed you with a big no not before dinner it will ruin your appetite, yet you got caught being disobedient.
The first reaction when we are caught doing something wrong, (being disobedient), is self-defense at any cost. We begin to justify our actions with one excuse after another, until we have convinced whoever it may be we are right. A man of God will stay persistent to the truth, regardless of anyone’s reaction. He will proceed with Christ like characteristics, love, kindness, gentleness, patience, but firmly stand on God’s word without backing off of His instruction. Characteristics of a good leader!
This means you may not be everybody’s friend, but you will be respected as a man of God. You will also be effective in the ministry God has called you to. What good do we do anybody if we become a yes man to maintain a friendship with someone, and enable them to continue down that sinful road that is destroying their life? If we are called to be leaders aren’t we expected to lead by example and give godly counsel? One of the points I make with any of the men under my leadership, (through the Holy Spirits discernment), is that from me they will hear The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!
Another important part of this formula is to always balance your criticism with encouragement. Be the first to recognize growth in a believers walk and build them up, after all you want the very best for them, their heart to receive full restoration. So with all of this formula applied all is well right? No not really, but that’s OK we have a God that will take care of the rest. He just wants us to do our part.
Here is just one of many scriptures that plainly shows us what our goal should be, on this journey;
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”(Romans 12:1-2 NASB)
Men, with the help of the ever present Holy Spirit let’s live the life by applying and speaking the truth in love, and strength. We are called to be God pleasers, not people pleasers.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 NASB)
Seek The Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!