Adapted from “Tozer on Christian Leadership, Jan 8”
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NLT) And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
The history of Israel points to a truth taught clearly enough by all history; people will soon be what their leaders are. The leaders set the moral pace for the people.
Whatever sort of man the leader is, the people will soon follow his leadership. The people followed David in the worship of Jehovah, Solomon in the building of the Temple, Jeroboam in his falling away from the Lord, and Hezekiah in the restoration of the temple worship.
It is not complimentary to the masses that they are so easily led, but we are not interested in praising or blaming; we are concerned for truth, and the truth is that for better or for worse religious people follow leaders. A Godly leader will change the attitude and spiritual condition of a church for the better. A fleshly or ungodly leader will change the attitude and spiritual condition of a church for the worse. The church will ultimately become what its leaders are.
Lord, help us to impact the attitude and spiritual health of our church for the better and never for the worse. Strengthen us in the power of your Holy Spirit, that we might be Godly leaders worth following. Amen.