We Must Lead Well: An Open Letter to the Church

 

As the Church, we are called to be salt and light, meaning Godly change agents in this earth (Matthew 5:13-16). It’s never about fitting in but acknowledging that we are ALL leaders with a sphere of influence. Whether your territory is your family, coworkers, community, or a broader footprint, there are people that each of us have been CALLED to impact for the kingdom of God. Thus, as leaders, to say nothing or do nothing when the situation clearly calls for our leadership is irresponsible. So, what do we say and what do we do?  

As Christ is our perfect example in all things, we should follow His lead: “For I have never spoken on My own initiative or authority, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment regarding what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life. So the things I speak, I speak [in accordance with His exact instruction,] just as the Father told Me.” [St. John 12:49-50, AMP version]

As the body of Christ, we literally embody the very Spirit of God (I Corinthians 3:16) and it’s through us that His kingdom is advanced and His will is done in this earth. Therefore, we cannot afford to leave our posts or promote our own thoughts or agendas. It is important that we fulfill our purpose and assignments as too much is reliant upon us to get it right. We are salt and must not lose our savor (effectiveness). We are light and must not dim our shine (impact). We are Kingdom Ambassadors and thus, on behalf of our King, we have something to say and plenty to do. 

The Bible instructs us in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I forgive their sin and will heal their land.” [NIV version] And St. Matthew 17:21 reminds us that some spirits will only be defeated through prayer and fasting. Thus, as Believers, what do we say and what do we do?  We pray, seek God, fast, and live righteously, knowing it impacts more than just our lives or our households, it impacts our world.

Please know that all of the evils in this earth including racism, sexism, classism, etc. are nothing more than symptoms of a larger evil root – a heart and mind that is not Christ-like and has not been transformed by God and His Word. Remember that every natural thing that exists has a spiritual root and the Bible tells us in St. Matthew 12:34-35 that an evil heart produces evil deeds; Romans 7:18a states that there is no good in our flesh or human nature; Romans 12:2 tells us that our minds must be renewed (in the Word of God). Thus, an unregenerated heart and mind is subject to evil works and requires God and His Word to change it.

So, what do we do? Know that there is good news! Proverbs 21:1 states that God can turn the heart of a person; James 1:5 gives us assurance that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God for it and He will generously provide it for us; Job 22:28 tells us that we can decree a thing and it be established; Matthew 18:18 states that whatever we bind or loose on earth is bonded or loosed in heaven; Romans 12:19 reminds us that vengeance belongs to God. Moreover, Luke 10:19 encourages us to know that we have power over ALL of the forces of the enemy and we will not be harmed; 2 Corinthians 2:14 reminds us that God always causes us to be triumphant; and Psalm 91:7 states, “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”

Thus, our focus spiritually is to live in faith, pray, and fast. Pray for the hearts and minds of the evil doers that they might repent, turn to God, and walk according to His perfect will for their lives. Pray for families and individuals impacted by these evils, that God will comfort, protect, guide, and strengthen them. Pray for protection for not just yourself and your family but for our communities, schools, churches, and our world. Pray for our leaders and the decision-makers that their hearts will turn to God and operate according to His wisdom and way. Pray and ask God what individually and collectively we must do to help bring His love, peace, and prosperity to this world. Pray and ask God for wisdom as to what we can do to be His hands, ears, feet, and heart not just in these situations but always. Our focus naturally is to seek and walk in Godly wisdom in our interactions, to follow His leading on how to educate others and address the evils, and to remember that sowing good seed will not always fall on a heart ready to receive it but to sow it anyway (St. Luke 8).

Church, we have the answer and His name is Jesus. We are salt, light, and the solution. Thus, I challenge us to commit ourselves to personally fasting and to 60 days of more diligently praying and seeking God’s wisdom for our actions. I challenge us to act like Christ and to be the Church.

 

© 2016 Kassandra McGhee

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