Nothing is more counter-productive & unfitting in a Christian leader than to try drawing a following by constantly blowing their own trumpet. It is ugly, it is boring and ultimately it is far, far removed from Christ and the Cross. Worst of all is, some of these Christian leaders get well paid to do it and have lifestyles which say little about who Christ was, and then they have the audacity to refer to what they do as a “calling”. We may be fooled, but God will never be. If you are one not doing the leading, but following, be sure it is Christ whom you follow, and that you are not seduced by the eloquence and charisma of a bogus leader. The Christian Leader concept has become an elite, a private club, a source and grounds for discrimination within the Body of Christ. There should be much repentance at this time in the body of Christ, but instead we are turning a blind eye to a system which seeks to empower a few so that they can rule over others’ spirituality and freedom, and just like the Pharisees in Biblical times, Christians find themselves yet again under the yoke of religiosity and false spirituality trying to live to the expectations of those who will only take notice of them and take their views into account when they speak their language and emulate their behaviours.
Please, please, please, if you are a Christian today and you are reading this, do everything you do as onto the Lord. Seek His voice and follow it. Volunteer in a ministry because your heart breaks for what takes place within it, lift up your hands in church because that is exactly how you would worship the Lord in the privacy of your home, answer an altar call because the Holy Spirit within you is drawing you to the front of the church to be ministered to and renewed, and not because the “influential” people within your congregation are looking. Do not do these things because you feel such pressure from other Christians to do so, because you feel this is the hoop you need to go through in order for the church leaders to regard you as “one of them”, a “chosen one”. Never forget that from the moment we accept Jesus Christ genuinely into our hearts, we are all called to be a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, and that God has placed as much potential and gifting within you to do good works and produce fruit as the one who is standing on the pulpit, attending fancy conferences, travelling all over the world to preach and getting paid to do so. I think it is fair to say that when it comes to Christianity one is never to be fooled by appearances. Whilst someone may seem holy and anointed in the natural world, they may actually translate as someone very different in the spiritual world. Be discerning, and above all pray with all your heart and soul, with commitment and dedication, so that the Lord will give you spiritual eyes to see things and people for who they really are.
For all those who are reading this, I pray this warning becomes truth in their lives in the mighty name of Jesus who was and is the friend of sinners and whose heart was and is broken for the “lepers” of this society for whom many of today’s Christian leaders, immersed in the glory of their own accomplishments, do not have the time or the inclination, or simply the heart to serve. In the end, it all comes down to one thing: should these leaders be taken out of their current circumstances and placed in an environment where what they do is completely unknown to the rest of the world, but known to God, would they still refer to themselves as a Christian Leader? I believe only those who can last the distance in anonymity will become worthy leaders in the eyes of the Lord and may one day be used for the rest of the world to see and follow.
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received God’s mercy but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)