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Today, a word for leaders, and it goes with the book I mentioned by Ruth Haley Barton. Spiritually formed leaders don’t crave power, aren’t envious of the successes of others, and desire to be in friendship with God. Here are James’ words and I’m “opening up the lines” today to hear from leaders about the struggles with power.
Question: What does this text teach us about the proper use of power in leadership?
James 4:7-10: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
What are you struggles? How have you learned that a text like this can re-shape ministry?