There are potential leadership abilities in many people. First, the Creator of the universe calls us out of this world, and has bestowed on us gifts to edify the body, the church, and leadership might very well be one of them. Leaders have goals and certainly, one of them is the greatest goal known to humanity. That is eternal life in the presence of our Creator Father, and Saviour. God does not call us to lead a Fortune 500 corporation or a presidential position such as the United States of America or Prime Minister of Canada. God calls us to a much greater calling, “A Royal Priesthood.” 1 Peter 2:4-10, “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
The next verse says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” His marvelous light of mercy. Wow! Do we truly understand the importance of our calling and our mission, our purpose to be the leaders of the world tomorrow? Do we truly understand why Jesus Christ gave up all authority and became a man lived a perfect life and was then killed? Do we have a good understanding of how important it is to our Father to keep His word, His promise, His covenant with Abraham?
Recently, during one of our prayer circles a sister prayed asking for guidance as to which direction we should go regarding a charity, which helps battered women. This noble deed will require dedication and commitment. Why should we choose to help a charity? Is it to make us feel good that we are serving in the community? Do we have an end goal such as an opportunity to preach the gospel? To reach people with the gospel message, it requires time to develop relationships. We can use such an opportunity to tell people about the plan of God as we strive to fulfill God’s commission to preach the gospel. Many people do these noble acts as they search to add meaning to their lives. Many of these amazing people spend much time committed to their chosen charity; they volunteer several hours and days a week. For some, this is a life changing experience and that gets them deeply involved. In many ways, to some, it has become their way of life. What if these volunteers knew about the royal priesthood that God is calling us to join?
Brethren, our God and Father is a God of order and a long-term planner. We can choose to help people in the world, such as battered women. There are others, too, such as the poor, homeless, elderly, those slowly dying in a hospital or in seniors’ home with no family around, and physically and emotionally abused children, and the list goes on. We have the ability and are we equipped to help people in some way. Let us take this lead! As we prepare for the royal priesthood, we must have a mindset about what pertains to God. Matthew 26:6-13, “And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor. But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
James 1:21-27, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted
from the world.”
Brethren, our time here is limited we can get side tracked with many movements so let us help each other first, visit orphans and widows and comfort all who, “seek”, Godly comfort. We are leaders preparing for “A Royal Priesthood,” we will all be judges one day, righteous and orderly judges with compassion; we must stay focused and we cannot let ourselves be hoodwinked and become ensnared by Satan in emotional movements. Brethren, as leaders, we have a goal as the very elect to assist our Father our creator in keeping His promise and covenant with Abraham. We must remember our true mission always, with help of the power of his Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. May God bless all your efforts. For more on this subject, download FREE our booklet How to be Used of God.