Are You a Christian Minister and Preacher?
By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | February 13, 2018
Over the years I have been asked about my philosophy of what being a good leader is. A simple definition might be a good leader directs his people in their work, and to build and grow his people’s ability and talent. Leadership involves getting those put in your charge to work by the rules and embrace the responsibilities of their position. How might a leader best do this? We have all heard the phrase “lead by example.” How do you do that effectively? I’m not sure of the source, but I like the “rope” analogy, “It is easier to pull a rope, than it is to push a rope”; meaning quite simply, to lead your people from the front, to lead by pulling your people along, being a good role model, being a positive, and instructive example of what’s expected. I think we’d all agree, it’s much more effective to pull a rope than to push a rope. While being an effective leader in the working world is not entirely the same as being a good Christian leader and role model, there are some similarities. As Christians we all should endeavor to be a good example to others and be a leader in walking and living in the faith; leading others to the Savior, Jesus Christ.
(1 Peter 5:3 ESV) “Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.”
If I said to you, you are a preacher and a minister of the Christian faith because you are a Christian; you might first disagree with me. Consider for a second, you are in church one Sunday morning and your pastor begins to preach, “once you leave church this morning, it’s okay to return to your sinful nature. You may continue to knowingly live in sin, and to live life outside of the teachings of Christ, until we meet again next Sunday morning for an hour or so.”
Now imagine for a second you are that preacher; would you preach such a sermon? Would you preach it’s okay to sin and to not live your life in accordance to the word of God while you went about your life during the week? I’m sure you would not. But as a Christian, like it or not, as you live and breathe, by going about your daily life activities, you are in many ways the embodiment of such a minister, a preacher, preaching that’s it’s okay to live such a life through your actions. As you go about your daily life activities, your activities, your actions, are preaching such is Christian faith to those around you that know and observe you. Others may know you as a Christian by your word and admissions, by your church attendance, but if you go about living such an un-Christian life, you are essentially preaching to other it’s okay to be a Christian, and knowingly live in sin, to turn away from God, and ignore your sinful activity. Doing so is to live the life of the worst kind of sinner, a hypocritical Christian, a phony, and a fraud.
(Titus 2:7 ESV) “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,”
May you instead, not just pull the rope of leadership, but “pull the rope of Christian leadership”, leading others by example; being a Christian leader, a preacher and minister of the Christian faith through your walk in Christ. Let others know of your Christian faith not just through your words, but also by your daily actions, the “preaching” of the Christian faith through your daily life activities, living and walking in the word of Christ, all day, every day.