Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guided by Integrity

"I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do" (Nehemiah 7:2).

Nehemiah understood the importance of delegation to good, strong leaders.  his criteria was simple, yet profound: integrity and the fear of the Lord.  This is the type of person who wouldn't push their own agenda.  They would honor God by honoring their leader.

As a pastor of a growing church, I am blessed.  I am blessed by the people of I serve.  I am also immensely blessed by the people I serve with.  God has given me the great opportunity to have hired two of the greatest pastors in the world to serve along side of me.  As a leader, I have learned (and to continue to) that I cannot do everything.  I can't serve everyone individually.  I can't come up with all the greatest ideas.  I can't meet with everyone that has a great idea.  I can't be at every place at the same time.  Yet, I have this awesome responsibility to lead, and the expectation to lead well.  How can I possibly do that?  I have to have people that I trust.

The two pastors I have that work for me are not the smartest, their not the most skilled, and they may not be recognized beyond our community.  But they are the greatest! Why?  I trust them.  They have integrity.  They fear, honor, and worship God.  They honor God by honoring me.  They don't squander the opportunity they have by trying to push what they want in spite of where we, as a team, are headed.  I trust them.

Are you trustworthy?  Are there people that speak of you as I have spoken of people that I trust?  If not, why not?  What have you done, or are you doing, that would enforce the claim to you being someone who is a person of great integrity?  Are you a person that honors God in all that you do?  Do you honor those that are in leadership above you?  How you honor them is a reflection on how you honor God?  Are you guided by your ambition, logic, your own agenda, or are you guided by an integrity that is grounded in a passionate relationship with Christ?

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