Is there anything ‘good’ in what you and I produce as church leaders that God would consider honorable? This passage struck me this morning. Check it out.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Proverbs 3:9 (NLT)
Granted, this is mainly addressing our income…what we earn for our work. But the Lord also challenged me in the second half of this verse. What am I responsible for producing?
Here are what I would consider to be 3 main things every church leader should be producing.
1. Disciples | This includes everyone in our churches, as well as our own kids and spouse. I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when I have put more effort into discipling church folks more than my own family. Ouch! That’s not easy to put out there, but recognizing it helps to bring forth change.
2. A strong marriage | For those of us who are married, we owe it to Jesus, ourselves, our kids, and everyone we influence to authentically model a healthy marriage relationship. Not perfect…..just healthy. If our spouse can’t respect us in our home, how can we expect anyone else to respect us in the church or in our community?
3. Personal integrity | As ministers and church leaders, are we being intensional about staying connected to Christ in His Word and through prayer? Are we taking the initiative to build accountability into our lives. Is the person others witness at church on the weekend the same person our family lives with during the rest of the week? Difficult questions, but left unasked we will most likely not notice.
Is there anything you would add to this list?
The bigger question I am wrestling with is, “Am I truly honoring God in what I’m producing in these areas?”
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