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The Spiritual Leader: One Who Worships

The single most essential Heart Posture and Habitude required for Spiritual Leadership, is simply, that the leader be a worshipper.

To be a worshipper means you acknowledge there is ONE who is greater than you.
There is One you serve.
One you follow.
One you obey.
One to whom you listen.
One to whom you turn.
One in whom you trust.
One who is the source of strength and wisdom.
One who rewards and blesses.
One who holds you accountable.
One who has entrusted you with much.
One before Whom you are humble.
One, Who in His presence, you bow down (with great joy).

 

Anyone who would be a spiritual leader, in whatever role you may occupy - if you are NOT a Worshipper - you will never be a true Spiritual Leader.

You Will Worship Something

"You gotta serve somebody."
Bob Dylan sang that.

"You gotta worship someone or something."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his own way, said this.

"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

The biblical teaching is this.

To be human is to worship something greater than the self.

Theology Must be Sung (and Prayed)


J. I. Packer quote  theology must be sung and prayed or it leaves me cold

J. I. Packer is one of my favorite theologians. This thought from Packer is why I love him so. Packer gets it so RIGHT when it comes to theology. Theology cannot stand by itself. 

Theology & Doxology
Thinking & Praising
Truth & Worship
Belief & Adoration

These things are meant to be together. When theology is divorced from doxology, then such theology becomes dry rationalism and even dead orthodoxy... or worse (apostasy)!

Worship is the remedy to dry orthodoxy.
Praise and petition is the antidote to a creeping rationalism that "may tantalize the mind, but it leaves the heart unaffected."
Religious affections are the pre-requisite for dogmatic considerations...at least wise ones.

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