HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Lazy people cannot be leaders.
Spiritual leaders “redeem the time” (Ephesians 5:16). They work while it is day because they know that night comes when no man can work (John 9:4). They “do not grow weary in well-doing” for they know that in due season they shall reap if they do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).
They are “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
But they do not take credit for this great energy or boast in their efforts because they say with the apostle Paul,
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
And: “Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” (Colossians 1:29).
The world is run by tired men, someone has said. A leader must learn to live with pressure. None of us accomplishes very much without deadlines and deadlines always create a sense of pressure.
- A leader does not see the pressure of work as a curse but as a glory.
- He does not desire to fritter away his life in excess leisure.
- He loves to be productive.
And he copes with the pressure and prevents it from becoming worrisome with promises like:
Matthew 11:27-28 “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Philippians 4:7-8 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Isaiah 64:4 “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”