9 September 2021 – James 3:1 (NIV)

Scripture

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Reflection

This is the verse that terrifies every church leader, and rightly so!

To be in a place of spiritual authority and influence is a sacred privilege, one with immense accountability. While we know that there’s no such thing as a perfect leader, every leader should humbly walk in the fear of the Lord and be careful with their words to lead people to Jesus, not themselves or their ministry. James was cautioning people who were becoming teachers for the wrong reasons and out of their own ambitions.

So why would anyone want to take on a leadership role?
Is remaining a spectator the safe way to go?

Absolutely not! Jesus tells us in the Parable of Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), there is a harsh judgment for those who do nothing with what is entrusted to them. In fact, the reward for faithfulness is more responsibility and more joy. Matthew 25:23 says, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

This shifts the perspective from one of fear to one of partnership with the Master. How can you be faithful to partner with your Master? How do you sense the Lord wants you to step out in faith with something or someone He is entrusting to you?

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10

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Ruth de Pater is an SCF Community Group leader. She has been living in Shanghai since 2002, together with her husband, Gerie, and their two teenage kids.