A King?

Day 159

Prayer for the day

The LORD has pleasure in those who fear him, in those who await his gracious favor.

Scripture for the day

2 Chronicles 32-33, John 18:19-40

I don’t like leadership books. Well, that’s not necessarily true. I don’t like the proliferation of leadership books, seminars, conferences, and resources. There’s a lot out there about how to know if you’re a good leader, how to change into a good leader, how to get rid of bad leaders. But good and bad leadership have been around since the beginning of time. In reality, when we look at leadership in the Bible, only one thing really matters.

In the First Testament, the figures of Hezekiah and Manasseh, kings both, are placed side by side for comparison. Hezekiah was an upstanding king, a leader who followed God with all his heart. Manasseh was exactly the opposite, moving away from God into all sorts of detestable practices. The amazing thing is how the kingdom follows the king. When the king moves toward God, the kingdom usually (for the most part) moves with him. When the king moves away from God, the kingdom moves with him.

If you want to measure the effectiveness of the leader, look at the followers.

Jesus is a king as well. In the story of Jesus and Pilate, Pilate grills Jesus about being a king. We can’t tell (because we weren’t there) but it could very well be that Pilate is threatened, or sarcastic, or genuinely interested. Regardless of his reaction, Jesus is very clear about how Pilate can tell what kind of king he is: look at his kingdom. Jesus says: “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Jesus is clear: the kind of king he is affects the kind of kingdom he leads.

And it’s a kingdom we’re invited to join!

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