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Who’s the Leader, Anyway?

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
Psalm 24:1 NLT

There are times I forget who the real leader is. My husband and I lead a congregation, but we are really the under-shepherds. I also lead a pregnancy center, with dedicated staff and volunteers under my charge. However, I am really accountable to someone greater.

It is easy to lose sight of the truth that no matter how high up on the ladder we might be, there is always a higher authority. We may have been entrusted with oversight, but we are never the owners.

The babies I brought into the world are not my children; they belong to the Lord.

The things I own and the money in the bank are not mine; they are gifts from the Lord.

The health and energy to accomplish tasks throughout the day are not because of me; they come from God.

Creative and innovation originate from Him.

Therefore, even if I did “all the work,” all achievement and recognition belong to Him.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28 NIV).

I get in trouble when I think I’m the one in control, that the success of my family or organization rests entirely on me and my abilities. I become demanding at home. My relationships suffer. I get stressed from all the work that needs to be done, and the shortage of time to do it. People become my servants rather than the ones I am called to serve. Jesus gets relegated to the back seat (or maybe somewhere in the middle) instead of the driver’s seat where He belongs.

Jesus is (and must be) the real Leader of every sphere of my life.

Jesus grants us positions of leadership to accomplish His will on this earth. It is not to fulfill our dreams, our visions, our goals. It is not to formulate our own well-crafted strategic plans and action steps. It is to partner with Him to make Him known wherever we are. It is to love Jesus and love the people He places under our care. It is to receive wisdom and direction from the Owner and Master, and then follow His lead in order to advance His Kingdom.

Life, breath, beating heart—all are held in God’s hands. As we become excellent followers, we truly become the leaders He intends.

Who’s the leader of your life, anyway?

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