Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Prov. 29:2).
READ: Proverbs 29:1-2
Leadership is a very crucial subject in both secular and spiritual assignments. Destinies have been dashed or delayed by the absence of good leaders. Most families, churches, societies, states, and even nations are where they are because of the quality of leadership they have. Everywhere and in all facets of life, good leaders are sought for. People are looking for whom to follow. If the right leadership is in place, you can be guaranteed of good followership. No matter how laudable the goals and objectives an organization may have, if there are no good leaders to harness the resources of that organization, nothing good can come out of such an effort.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2). A lot is expected from us today as believers. If you claim to be a believer yet your reign as a leader is causing sorrow, tears and regrets, then you are a wicked fellow, not a believer. Believers bring joy to the sorrowful, bring progress and not retrogression. What is your reign as someone in authority bringing to the life of those under you?
The goal of governance is to positively affect and transform the lives of the governed and to bring glory to God. Can those under your leadership thank God for your life? Some people are only enduring the rule of their leaders—spiritual and temporal. Surprisingly, some church leaders have become so tyrannical that their subordinates are afraid of expressing their minds. When this continues, it will lead to a high membership of ministerial turnover. Are you a leader? Are those under you rejoicing or sorrowing? Remember, you shall account for your subordinates. Are you delaying the payment of salaries and other benefits of your subordinates? Do you want God to withhold your own blessings for as long as you sit on those of others? Repent today! Turn a new leaf! Where you have offended or oppressed others, restitute today before it is too late! Many leaders are dealers. Are you a dealing leader?
Take a written audit of your reign or government. Ask your subordinates to write freely and anonymously. Evaluate this and make amends.
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