A true leader

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. John 13:5

Quote from article by: Devon Leesley

“A True Leader? …we don’t have a clue! Elders are manifest by their character and their maturity in the things of God. They do not flaunt them nor do they wave a banner, “Look at ME!!” They are obscure servants that set an example. They support the poor; in fact, their heart bleeds for the needy. They are not given to avarice nor do they desire filthy lucre.

They are given to teaching and guiding not controlling and demanding. They seek not a pedestal or pulpit or podium. They do not take, they give, as all the body parts are taught to do, esteeming others greater than themselves. They do not wish for a personal following but they instruct others to follow Christ.

They deplore recognition and applause. They abhor presents and gifts. They shudder at the thought of any allegiance to them personally. They tremble at the prospect of favoritism being lavished on them by the “body”. Double honor is theirs for teaching well and their commitment to study but they would prefer to forgo that acknowledgement.

These are the marks of true servanthood and eldership. These are the fruits of the truly qualified leader. They look not for the lime-light but seek the Lamb-light as their reward. Nothing on this dismal earth appeals to them. Nothing can tempt them or buy them. Slander is their food and reproach is their mainstay. Rejection by religionists is their meat and their daily diet. To be accepted by the glitter and pomp and success of modern Christendom is anathema to their spirit.

Their joy is to be girded about with a simple apron and on their knees tending to the weary and the castaways, the unlovely, the forsaken, the unwashed…..” Quote by Devon Leesley (read the rest here).


6 thoughts on “A true leader

  1. A reminder to us all that we are not building anything. As soon as we let secret selfish ambition take hold and seek to build names, seek honor and establish reputations, we are of no use to God. Godliness is not a means to gain and it is sickening to see how much teaching is wrapped around money, reputations, esteem and approval of man.

  2. Loretta wrote.
    “Slander is their food and reproach is their mainstay. Rejection by religionists is their meat and their daily diet”.

    These are described in Isaiah 61-6. The Ministers of God who are ruling and reinging in His kingdom.

    6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

    H3235-“boast yourselves”; not to be confused with pride, or bragging. This exchange of places and be found in Matthew 23-12.

    A primitive root; to exchange; by implication to change places: – boast selves, change.

    Matthew 23-9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
    10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
    11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant
    12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    Thanks for your fine work in the field of the harvest.


  3. Where are these elders! A few here and there. A few even behind pulpits not because they sought them but because of tradition and the day and time in which we live. Brethren, how we ought to love one another and build each other up in Christ though even if there are no elders around.


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