THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
BEING ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD
November 11, 2009
Today’s reading from the book of Wisdom (6:2-11) has
important instruction for servant leaders.
Servant leaders stand in God’s place, doing His work
and caring for His people. Now that is an awesome privilege
and responsibility. God entrusts His plan for the life of
the world to His people, especially His servant leaders. God
gives them His anointing, and they do their work under the
empowerment of the Holy Spirit. As such, “for those
in power a rigorous scrutiny impends” (v.8).
God holds us accountable!
God will probe our works. God will test the quality of our
service. “Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude
and lord it over throngs of peoples! Because authority was
given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, who
shall probe your works and scrutinize your counsels!”
What will be the standard of God’s judgment?
The standard is God Himself.
Servant leaders must judge “rightly, and .... keep the
law, (and) walk according to the will of God” (v.4).
We are to live righteous lives, avoid sin and wrongdoing,
and make decisions according to His ways. This is because
we represent God, and we are tasked to care for His people.
Thus we reflect the image of God. Thus we obey God’s
commands and do things His way, not our way.
If not, our punishment will
be severe. “Terribly and swiftly shall he come against
you” (v.5a). But why? We are just trying to serve Him.
It is voluntary and we may not be getting paid for it. Punishment
will be severe “because judgment is stern for the exalted”
(v.5b), and “the mighty shall be mightily put to the
test” (v.6b). God gives us power and authority, entrusting
His people to us, and we must care for them the way God wants
It seems such a heavy burden. Why even take the chance of
being punished by God by becoming a servant leader? Well,
it is a great privilege. And if we truly love God, and if
we know that He acts through leaders that He chooses, then
we must respond if called.
For those called, God provides
the grace to be able to serve well. First, God gives us His
commands, which lead us to righteousness and holiness, which
in turn transform us into the image and likeness of God. God
assures us that “those who keep the holy precepts hallowed
shall be found holy” (v.10a). God desires that we be
holy as He is holy. If we desire this as well, and strive
to live according to His ways, then we will be holy. “To
you, therefore, O princes, are my words addressed that you
may learn wisdom and that you may not sin.” (v.9).
Second, as we strive to obey
God’s laws, and thus grow in godly wisdom, then we will
know how to respond to God’s call, and act according
to His will in caring for His people. God again assures us:
“those learned in them will have ready a response”
(v.10b). God will not withhold His wisdom, grace and anointing.
He just wants to have obedient leaders, whom He is committed
to form and transform.
To be a servant leader is a great and wonderful calling. It
is both a great privilege and responsibility. Being tasked
to do the very work of God, we will be held accountable. In
this we must not be afraid, but trust in the God who calls
God provides for all we need
in order to do His work and be effective servant leaders.
God guides us and instructs us, and God does want us to succeed.
He has given us His guide book, the Bible. He has given us
the Church and her magisterium. He has given us our community,
with elders and brethren.
Now it is up to us. “Desire
therefore my words; long for them and you shall be instructed.”
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