and wanting to share it with you. . .
on this much misunderstood topic... be Blessed!
Saturday April 12, 2014
Mostly we think of people with great authority as higher up, far away,
hard to reach.
But spiritual authority comes from compassion
and emerges from deep inner solidarity
with those who are "subject" to authority.
The one who is fully like us, who deeply understands our joys and pains
or hopes and desires,
and who is willing and able to walk with us, that is the one to whom we gladly give authority
and whose "subjects" we are willing to be.
It is the compassionate authority that empowers, encourages,
calls forth hidden gifts,
and enables great things to happen.
True spiritual authorities are located in the point of
an upside-down triangle,
supporting and holding into the light everyone they offer
their leadership to.
If someone is serving me, let him follow me;
wherever I am, my servant will be there too.
My Father will honour anyone who serves me.
Spiritual leadership is the leadership of the Good Shepherd.
As Jesus says, good shepherds know their sheep, and their sheep know them (see John 10:14).
Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd to show the great intimacy that must exist between leaders and those entrusted to them.
Without such intimacy, leadership easily becomes oppressive.
and Who is willing and able to walk with us"
his word was on my tongue.
The God of Isra’el spoke;
the Rock of Isra’el said to me,
‘A ruler over people must be upright,
ruling in the fear of God;
like the morning light at sunrise
on a cloudless day
that makes the grass on the earth
sparkle after a rain.’
2 Samuel 23:2-4
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
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