October 3, 2017 – Following The Leader – Pr. Noleen Mendes
Now Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet, a descendant of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Joshua son of Jozadak set to work to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, supporting them. – Ezra 5:1-2
This is the church at work. The support of Haggai and Zechariah was imperative to the success of the building of the temple. Ezra 6:14 says: So the leaders of the Jews continued to build; the work went well under the preaching of the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo.
Without the support of Godly leaders, ministries have a tendency to fall apart. Haggai and Zechariah led with confidence, conviction, and humility, being available for the builders by encouraging them to perseverance. A leader’s support is critical to the heartbeat of any ministry and Jesus was well aware of this. He led in very much the same way, influencing and encouraging His followers to follow Him with determination, especially after He was gone.
Leadership always comes with great responsibility and it’s not any less true of leaders in the church. As I spearheaded various ministries over the years, I understood that much was expected of me not only from those who were over me but more so, from my Ultimate Leader, Father God. So it became my responsibility to learn what was expected of me to lead well.
I once heard this quote many years ago: “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.” So it became important to me, first of all, to be a good follower and follow those whom God had entrusted me to: my Pastor, my peers, and my mentors. It was easy to follow them because I knew they were also following Christ. They were a great influence to me and encouraged me as a Christ-follower and as a leader. I believe that their support helped to lay a strong foundation for me as a leader and I have experienced great success because of it.
Psalm 127:1 says: Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. As a leader, I need to remember that God is the builder of any ministry I oversee and as long as I continue to look to Him for guidance and wisdom, He will bring much success and those under me will learn to follow as well.
Father God, it’s been a humbling privilege to serve you in leadership positions over the years. Nothing I have done has been of my own accord and I thank you for placing people in my life to teach me and guide me as a leader. It’s been an incredible on-going journey with the Holy Spirit and I look forward to the various ministry opportunities that are sure to come. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!