Leading as Stewardship
Let me make a statement that you may want to question. My statement is: The most important ingredient in the witness of Christian stewardship is leadership. Debate if you wish, disagree with it if you must, but in my mind Christian stewardship becomes a reality when a person leaders.
We lead by example, by doing. We lead by convincing others that this is a way of life to be lived. We lead by willingly taking on new and even tougher responsibilities. We lead by finding the right person for the right job. If Christian stewardship is “everything I do after I say I believe,” as John Westerhoff says, then the best witness I have to that is in how I lead.
What does this have to do with Saul becoming King of Israel? When God chose a person to lead the nation elected to be God’s people, God chose a leader. As reluctant as Saul was to take command, he was the best of leaders that the nation had at that time. Under his command the nation was to begin a journey that was to reach a political climax under David, and as a spiritual mountain top under the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
One last point: For around two hundred years, we the citizens of our nation, have by lot, voted to select our leaders. We do it again in most states in less than two weeks. Let’s be leaders in the election; let’s vote.
—Rev. Don Alexander
- Do we select leaders based upon their outer appearance? Do we select based on sex, color, gender or party? If so why? If not, how do we choose them?
- What do you look for in a leader? (Make a list and reflect on it.)
- How does Jesus’ parable of the talents affect what you do with your abilities? Read Matthew 25:14-30.
- Do you think Samuel was convinced Saul could be king? What happened to Saul as he left Samuel? Read 1 Samuel 10:9-13.
- What do we expect of our leaders? Too much?
How Do I Act?
- Take your list of what you look for in a leader and ask a friend to make one too. Discuss with them the similarities and differences in your lists and if you would change any of the items on your list (Would they?).
- Keep the coming elections before the people. Get people informed and out to vote. Plan a carpool/van pickup for members who can’t get out by themselves.
- Start a search: “The right person for the right job.” Go to someone and enlist them as a leader when and where you feel they are qualified. Have the church praying for this process.
- Write a thank you note to a leader in your church, community or school. Thank them for the specific gifts they give to your group.