Our generation follows a trend where everyone wants to be a leader. There’s no question that being a leader is always a prestigious position to have. Because when we think about leadership, the first thing that comes to our mind is power. Growing up, I always wanted to be a leader because I felt that I would have some power and would become a popular student in my school.
Yet, we fail to understand that being a leader requires a lot of sacrifice. Leaders often have to be careful how they lead their lives because they are constantly under scrutiny. They have to make hard decisions and tough choices every day. I understood this only when I became closely associated with the leaders placed over my life.
The Lord has been teaching me this from the past few months on how important it is for us followers to cover and protect our leaders. And God took me to the book of Exodus 17:8-13
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword
It’s quite beautiful to see how Moses was supported by his followers during that time. My heart’s desire is to see a generation rise to serve just like Aaron and Hur. Yes, at the right time the promotion will come. But we don’t serve because we want a position, rather we serve out of a loving heart.
It is also very important that we don’t burden our pastors, rather, bring a lot of joy to them. There will be times when your pastor will correct you when you are wrong, and sometimes the corrections will hurt. Yet, we shouldn’t be a generation that pushes away correction and wants things to happen the way we want it to be.
The need of the hour is learning to endure with our pastors and leaders, because they too go through tough times. After all, they are ‘men’ and ‘women’ of God, and humans do make mistakes. They too have various challenges in life just as we do. They may have financial challenges, personal struggles and issues within the home. During these moments it would be a blessing to do something for them like taking them out for coffee or a meal and tell them how much they mean to you. Always try to cheer them up and make them feel very special, tell them that you are available for them when they need someone (this creates a sense of security and love). And most importantly cover them with your prayers at all times. Do not entertain any kind of gossip in the church. Rather speak good words about them and speak for them always. These are some of the ways of being a good follower to your pastors and leaders.
Our Guest author for this week is our dear Melrick Stephen Pinto. A relentless lover of Jesus, he is one of our lead instrumentalists and worship leaders and has been a part of House of Healing Ministries since 2013.