Cal Thomas (renowned columnist, author, and radio host) was once called a Christian leader by a leading magazine. He later wrote a column on what exactly that designation meant. He asked the question: What does it mean to be a Christian leader? Does it mean more speaking engagements? Working in the largest churches? Perhaps an appearance on a Christian talk show? No, none of the above. Thomas determined that a Christian leader looked more like a man that he had once worshipped with. He wrote the following paragraph about the man:
“His wife was an alcoholic. His daughter had psychological problems. He was often poor in health. Yet, week after week, he never complained. He always smiled and asked me how I was doing. He faithfully brought to church a young blind man who had no transportation. He always sat with the blind man, helping him sing the hymns by saying the words into his ear. That man was a Christian leader if ever there was one.”
True Christian leaders are special people: they are here to serve, not to be served. True Christian leaders lead people to Christ more so by their actions than by their words. We are blessed at Ashville Road to have true and strong Christian leaders serving as our elders and deacons. Let us all remember to keep these men in our prayers as they work in their roles of service.
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:25-28)