Sovereignty in spiritual leadership is the decision God makes which man is not directly involved.
“But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.” (Mark 10:40)
Our emphasis would probably have been, “It is for those who have prepared themselves for it. But, Jesus emphasized the fundamental difference in leadership principles, “It is not so among you. ” No theological training or leadership course will automatically confer spiritual leadership or qualify one for an effective ministry.
Jesus later shares, “Ye have not chosen me. but I have chosen you and ordained you. that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. ” (John 15:16)
Spiritual leadership is a thing of the Spirit and is conferred by God alone. I am not here by selection of a man or the election of a group, but by the sovereign appointment of God.
Spiritual leaders are not made by election or appointment, by men or any combination of men, nor by
conferences. Only God can make them. Simply holding a position of importance does not constitute one a leader, nor do taking courses in leadership or resolving to become a leader.
It is this element of sovereignty that begets a great humility and beauty in us to whom leadership is entrusted.
Suffering of spiritual leadership is the sacrifice one will have to make or what one goes through to achieve God’s desired goal. These is purely base on man’s decisions and not God.
“But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:38)
Jesus, speaking to James and John, was too straightforward and honest to conceal the cost in the service of the Kingdom. To the Lord’s probing question they returned an answer, “we are able”. Jesus then told them, they would indeed drink the cup and experience the baptism. The lesson Jesus was conveying to us is that, to have an influential spiritual ministry there would be a steep price to pay. It is is true Jesus paid for all the price, but this price is talking about the things one must go through for accepting to follow Him. The fundamental lesson here is that, greatness comes by way of servanthood, and that first place in spiritual leadership is gained only by becoming everybody’s slave. The thought of suffering and servanthood are linked, even as they were in the life of the Lord. And is the servant greater than his Lord?
And that is never done without cost. It involves a bitter cup and experiencing a painful baptism of suffering. The true spiritual leader is concerned infinitely more with the service he can render God and his fellowman than with the benefits and pleasures he can extract from life. He aims to put more into
life than what he takes out.
True spiritual leadership is achieved not by reducing men to one’s service, but in giving oneself
in selfless service to them.
there is suffering in spiritual leadership.