Food for Thought: Spiritual Leadership

21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansingb her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” ~Ephesians 5

I’ve been contemplating this past couple weeks a question.  I want one day to marry and that my marriage will glorify God in every way that it should.  I know we are in an imperfect world and so it cannot be perfect or glorify Him completely as it should, but that is no excuse for the effort not to be made.  One of the ways that I see that God wants it to be is that I would submit to my husband and that he would be my spiritual head, just as Christ is the spiritual head of the church.  It’s not that I can’t speak, for I believe that God created Eve to help Adam, and so I am supposed to be a help mate.  But my husband is to be the one who leads me down the road of sanctification.

My question is this: what is the difference between being a spiritual leader and being a helper spiritually?

I was thinking of this question as I went through my bible readings.  In 1 John, I learned that the leader walks in the light with God.  He must love others and obey God’s commands because if he does not then he is a liar and not in the truth.  And when he sins he knows that he was an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ who has washed away all his sins.

But these things must be true of a helper as well.

Then I was reading in Philippians.  In chapter 2:3-11 I read about how we are supposed to view others as higher than ourselves and be as Jesus.  Jesus did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped but made Himself a servant and obeyed the Father, even to death on the cross, and this resulted in glory.  This made me think of a leader.  A leader is a servant, for Jesus said, “27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22).  A leader is obedient to the Father no matter what the cost is. Also, a leader, although putting others as higher than himself, puts the glory of God as higher than even them.  And, just as Jesus is, the leader is an example to those around him.

Can a helper be an example?  Can a helper be obedient to the Father?  Can a helper be a servant?  Can a helper glorify God?  Yes, and the helper should.

But in the end, it is the leader who is and does these things more, for the leader is to be seen by everyone as being like Christ, while the helper is to be seen by everyone as the church.  The helper does all these things, but the leader does them more.  It is on the leader that the helper can trust and lean on, and the leader seeks after the helper for help, but both ultimately find their foundation in the Lord.

What do you think?  What is the difference between a spiritual leader and a spiritual helper?

Inspiration

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24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ~Hebrews 12

Give me

Something to dream of

And I’ll give you

A light to gaze on

In the fire

There is hope

For the wretched soul

Stop and sing to God

A word of praise

.

Please send it to me

A thought of inspiration

I praise the LORD

For always being there

For me, His child

He provides all I may need

And I know He’s done the same

For you

Stop and sing to Him

A word and thanksgiving

.

Everyone has a voice

A thought to share

A dream to love

A hope to feel

A desire to burn

Everyone has something

To say

Won’t you share it with me?

And I’ll learn how to sing it

Sing it out

To you now

Give me a dream

A thought of inspiration

And I’ll give you a light

A song

Just stop for a moment

Sing to God

A word of hope

Thanksgiving

Of prayer

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22But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”e 27The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29for our “God is a consuming fire.” ~ Hebrews 12

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My Voice: If There Was Glory……

If there was Glory
Shining through my eyes
As I looked around
As I looked on you
Wouldn’t I want
To go on out
And look on all
I could possibly see?
Lord, let Your light shine
Let Your Glory shine
Through me

If there was Glory
Shining through my words
As I spoke kindness
As I spoke love
Wouldn’t I want
To go on out
And speak to all
I could possibly meet?
Lord, let Your light shine
Let Your Glory shine
Through me

If there was Glory
Shining through my fingers
As I worked to improve
As I worked to help
Wouldn’t I want
To go on out
And give help to all
I could possibly assist?
Lord, let Your light shine
Let Your Glory shine
Through me

Lord, let Your light shine
Let Your Glory shine
For all to see
And know it is not me

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’14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

’13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

‘3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’ ~Matthew 5:14-16, 13, 3-12

Holy God: My Light

Be Light
In the dark place
Be Light
Don’t walk in darkness
Be Light
Though in myself I cannot
Be Light
Not at all

If I be not Light
Am I His?
Him who is Light
Through and through?
If I be not Light
Am I forgiven now?
For He is Light
He cannot abide darkness

I hope in the Light
Of my Savior
He is my Light
He is my salvation
I have His Light
I do not fear the darkness
Oh LORD be my Light
Save me from the darkness

Oh the Holiness of Light
Be Holy as He is Holy

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“5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” ~1 John 1

“1The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

2When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.” ~Psalm 27

My Heart Is…

My heart is bigger

Than my mind

I can’t figure out

How to accomplish

What I’ve set out

To do

~

My heart is more kind

Than my eyes

I can’t see all

The love I know

Exists out there

~

My heart hopes more

Than my feet can take

I can’t carry out

What I desire to

Share with the world

~

My heart is more helpful

Than my hands

I can’t find enough to do

To satisfy my desire

To help all near to me

~

My heart is more truthful

Than my mouth is willing to be

I wish to speak

More than not

But the fear persuades me

~

My heart is smaller

Than the Heart of my Maker

He is bigger than anything

I could ever become

Jesus is His heart in me

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“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” ~Philippians 2:13

My Cry

Dearest
LORD
My Father
My Savior
My Counselor
I need some
Comfort
Right now
A desperation
A fear
And anxiety
Has laid hold
Its cold clutches
On me
What will
The morrow bring?
What will
My eyes see?
Oh LORD
Please be
With me!
~
This heart
Inside me
Has always been
A little weak
Beats hard at
The sound of
Negativity
Whether it’s true
Or just an
Illusion
I grow faint
I wanna hide
LORD, will You
Be with me?
Hold me close
Help me show
Mercy
Help them all show
Mercy
One to the
Other
~
My Father
My Savior
My Counselor
Mercy is my
Desire
Day to day
Hour to hour
Wisdom and truth
Please be there
With me
My Father
My Savior
My Counselor

(This was a prayer when I felt deep need for comfort and help. God was indeed with me the next day. I hope you are encouraged)

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Psalm 28
6 Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people;2
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.