DAY 17 – Leadership and Accountability.
READ: Acts 20:17-24, 27-30, 35 & Acts 21:17-19, 23-26
As we enter the home stretch of our 20 days together, Paul begins his goodbyes to the leaders of the churches that he started in Greece. Realizing he will never see these people again, he begins a final trek back to the faith’s home base in Jerusalem. If you knew you would never see again the people you led to Christ, what would be your parting words? Paul was a good leader, and he truly cared and worried about his flock. But he was a humble leader too, and willing to be accountable to those that were his leaders. When he arrived in Jerusalem, after he informed the the disciples of all he had accomplished and been through, they asked Paul to adhere to what might seem to us an odd plan. It was a tall order that they devised, but Paul obeyed their request.
How does that apply to me? Those in leadership roles need to realize they are being watched by those who are near and around them. Good leaders want to live lives that others can look to as a standard to emulate. In addition, godly leaders are willing to stay in touch with godly council and adhere to their wisdom and instruction when it is given. Even though you may not always feel like you are a leader, you are being watched and looked up to by someone in your life. Your attitudes, behaviors and accountability can be something for others to follow, if you are willing to take the challenge and heed the call.
Acts 20:24 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
Praying Together: Let’s ask the Lord to help us see those around us that are not only watching but who need strong and positive role models in their lives. May we be willing to count the cost in order to lead them closer to our Savior.