What is so important about having godly leadership in a Chi Alpha chapter on a college campus? How about your family? How about in your church? What about non-profits, businesses, or agencies that purport to be Christ-honoring?
Part of the answer is that we need people of the Book to model Christ-likeness and dependence on God’ s Word and spur others on to a similar lifestyle. Scripture calls us to act in faith, or with faith. That involves a) agreeing with God’s Word and refusing to say or do anything that contradicts it, and b) waiting patiently and allowing God’s Word to be fulfilled in and through us in His own way and on His own timetable, and c) being a doer, and not just a hearer.
John Calvin, one of the Protestant reformers who lived about 500 years ago wrote to the King of France once with these words: “The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not makes his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the scepter of God, that is, by His divine Word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, ‘where there is no vision, the people perish’” (Proverbs 29:18).
What was John saying? If you are a king or a college student, and you are not basing your duties and decisions on the Divine Word, you are in for disappointment, pain, and hurt. A king, pastor, parent, or a Chi Alpha student leader can learn from John Calvin’s admonition. Without God at the front and center of our mission and leadership, we are doomed to failure.
Read Colossians 1:15-23.
The apostle Paul wrote to the first century Christians at Colosse and argued that God gave them their breath, life, gifts, and platform. Verse 16 says, “For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by Him and for Him.” Whether you are president of your fraternity or sorority, serving in student government, your local Chi Alpha chapter, or serving kids after school in a tutoring relationship, your life, calling, and authority comes from God Himself.
Keep that in mind in order to become (and remain) humble. Keep that in mind to stay on your knees in prayer and dependence from Him for your daily bread. Without God’s Word, our life and leadership will conclude with calamity.
Who exemplifies godly leadership and living to you? What is it that makes them exemplary? My guess is they are feeding their soul with God’s Word, but they do not stop there. They also act on what they see, hear, read, study, meditate and memorize. Faith is acting like God is telling the truth. But if you do not act on God’s Word, it won’t do you any good. Your faith must be based on something substantial, that is, the tried, proven, unfailing truth of the Word of God.
Grow devotionally. How have you been a person (and even a leader) who takes in and reflects God’s Divine Word? God expects (even demands) that those who call themselves his people will continue hearing, reading, and studying God’s Word for guidance. He is the Lord, the Creator and Sustainer of all things for a reason. Listen and do not forget that God rules all rulers.
Love is a verb,
©2017 by Mike Olejarz