God’s Love Shown through You
Being a leader is important. Children beg to be first in line, young people campaign to be president of a club or group, adults seek to be elected to public office or job advancement. Through all these activities people are saying “follow the leader.”
In 2 Timothy 2:14-26, Paul is giving Timothy instructions on how to be the kind of leader God would approve of. Through faith, all actions of the leader should aim for righteousness, putting God and other people first. In love, the leader should seek the highest good for all involved. In peace, partnerships should form that seek loving community with each other.
This type of leadership avoids senseless controversies and criticism. Bitterness and vengeance are pushed aside in order to make way for joyous fellowship. This leader teaches kindness by exemplifying God’s words.
The leadership qualities that are outlined by Paul are much different than what we demonstrate when we push to be first in line or boast about ourselves in order to damage an opponent’s chance at victory. Christians are called to use their times of leadership in a way that corresponds with the teachings of Christ. To show good stewardship as a leader is to know that God’s love will be shown through you.
—Rev. Bill Webb
- If these passages from 2 Timothy were strictly followed by leaders in your church, community, and country, what would be the outcome?
- How do Christians defend their faith against heresy without entering into an argument?
- Think of a leader who has had significant influence in your life. Compare and contrast their leadership abilities to what is described in this passage.
How Do I Act
- List three positive qualities and three negative qualities of your leadership. Use the scripture passage to determine ways to improve the negative qualities.
- In order to avoid senseless arguments, participate in a seminar or workshop to improve your communication and listening skills.
- Are there leaders in your church that have been serving faithfully without getting the attention or praise that they deserve? Show your appreciation of their faithfulness by sending them a card in praise of the special qualities they contribute to the church.