4 Signs of a Mature Faith Leader

July 21, 2014 — Leave A Comment

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I want to say something about this:

“When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“’What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived’
—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

“these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” ~ 1 Corinthians 2:1-13 (NIV)

I see in this passage four signs or indicators of a mature faith leader:

  1. Humility ~ “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.”
  2. Divine Power ~ “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
  3. Divine Wisdom ~ “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.”
  4. Attention to the Holy Spirit ~ “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.”

Paul contrasts this with leaders who gain a following because of…

  • their eloquent or persuasive speech (this applies to writing as well, I would say), or
  • their human wisdom ~ i.e. their savvy & cleverness about the ways of this world.

In today’s Christian culture, there’s a lot of pressure on faith leaders to become “rock stars” of leadership in larger and larger venues of fame and notoriety. In a way, this is understandable, as it’s a natural extension of our western cultural mindset. We love to create rock stars and famous icons we can admire like shiny toys, and then we like to tear them down when they cease to dazzle us.

But this is not the kind of leader, or the kind of leadership, the Scriptures tell us God desires.

So today I offer you this straightforward question:

Which kind of leader are you?

Michael Warden

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