Today’s reading I Kings 12-13
I Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
Rehoboam is trying to decide on a model of leadership in his newly found position as king. The old men advise him to be a servant. The young men advise him to take advantage of the people and to abuse them.
He will follow the advice of the young men only causing himself great problems and loss. I wonder what each of us choose as our form of leadership?
He was advised by the old men to speak kindly to the people, to serve them, listen to them, etc. This advise, of course, goes unheeded.
As pastors we must decide also how we will lead. Sometimes being given a position of leadership means that we think we have the right to make decisions and to tell everyone what to do. We think we are God’s gift to the church and that often seems to give us a right to be demanding, impatient, and even abusive.
Today, maybe, we could learn from this verse how to lead in whatever position has God placed us in. This will work as a pastor, parent, spouse, and maybe even in the business world.
Let’s lead as servants. Let’s see the privilege of being in leadership as a gift from God to love His people and be a blessing to them!