HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
4. Acknowledge Your Helplessness
But finally, we must ask how a person comes to be willing to spend time with and be open to the Word of God? The answer seems to be that we must acknowledge our helplessness. All true spiritual leadership has its roots in desperation. Jesus commanded the man who said, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” Jesus said of his own ministry, “Those who are well, have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous but sinners.” This means that the beginning of spiritual leadership must be in the acknowledgement that we are the sick who need a physician. Once we are humbled to that point we will be opened to reading the doctor’s prescription in the Word. And as we read the wonderful promises that are there for those of us who trust the doctor, our faith will grow strong and our hope will become solid. And when our faith is strong and our hope is solid all the barriers to love, like greed and fear, will be swept away. When we become the kind of people who can risk our lives, even for our enemies, and who don’t hold grudges and who devote our energies to do others well rather than seeking our own aggrandizement, then people will see and give glory to our father in heaven.
The implication of this inner circle of leadership is that in order to lead you have to be out ahead of your people in Bible study and prayer. I think there will be no successful spiritual leadership without extended seasons of prayer and meditation on the Scriptures. Spiritual leaders ought to rise early in order to meet God before they meet anybody else. They will probably want to keep a journal of insights and ideas as they read the Word and pray. They will want to read books about the Bible. They will want to take a periodic half-day retreat with a Bible and a notebook and a hymnbook. If you want to be a great spiritual leader of people you have to get away from people to be with God.