Before we delve into this week’s Pastor Weekly, two brief things:
- I miss you like crazy. It’s hard not being with you, seeing you, hugging you, etc.
- We hope to launch a new live-streaming service this Sunday directly from our church website (so we don’t have to email out links every Sunday morning). So pray that it goes smoothly and watch your inbox for further instructions.
This week’s 1 Peter text is about leadership. Our society has a leadership obsession but is crippled by confusion about what leadership is, requires, and involves. When it comes to leadership, we must first consider the end. As one famous songwriter wrote, we have to start with the ending. So, what is the end?
There is a day coming when God’s glory will be revealed. In that day, he promises to restore all things and make everything more beautiful than the perfection that was the Garden of Eden.
- Glory is coming
- Beauty will abound
- Shalom will reign
- You, and all those in Christ, will finally be made right.
What does that do to/for you today, right now, as you read that – especially during this difficult time? Take a few moments to re-read the above and let it sink in.
- Does it give you hope and perspective?
- Does it surface your current disappointment or exhaustion?
- Click here to read more about the meaning of this seldom used word glory.
The day of glory is coming. That day is the end and goal of Christianity. And this radically changes how we understand leadership.
Now, if you think you’re not a leader yourself, then you’ve probably started to skim this email already. While there are different types of leaders and, while leaders are good and necessary, it is true that all Christians are called to lead wherever they are, i.e., that includes you.
In 1st Peter 5:1-5, the goal of glory is deeply connected to an exhortation to “lead.” Because there is a Larger Story, the answer to the why, where, and how of leadership is “that day of glory.”
It’s true that leadership books, programs, seminars, and techniques abound. But, as I said earlier, our society is crippled by confusion about what leadership is, requires, and involves. I remember walking on the beach on vacation and passed a young man engrossed in a book title, “How to Be An Effective Leader.” That made me smile, but also shake my head (“What kind of vacation reading is that?!”) However, most current leadership talk (i.e., books, methods, approaches, etc.,) focuses mostly on “How” and fail to consider the “Why?” and “For what reason?” questions. Or, if they do happen to ask those questions, the answers offered are flawed and very often self-serving. At its best, that can sound something like this: “You should be a better leader because successful leadership is necessary and efficient.” At worst, what gets communicated is basically, “You should be a better leader because it will make you feel good about yourself and help achieve your own goals.” Those answers are not just insufficient, they start you off in totally the wrong direction
I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.
Yours in Christ and in prayer,
Quotes & Meditations
My heart will never become any bigger than that in which or in whom I hope. But when my hope is centered on the coming redemption, I begin to take on His glory.
Dan Allender, The Healing Path.
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves.”