Thanks for joining me today for our weekly devotion in Philippians.
Philippians 2:19-21 – But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has looked at the current political landscape and thought, “Is this the best we’ve got?” I’m routinely grieved by the apparent shortage of strong, moral, capable leaders.
It seems everyday we hear about another incident of corruption, immorality or greed by some C.E.O, politician, judge, or coach. Sometimes I read about decisions or choices that leaders in our society are making and wonder, “Have people lost all common sense?” We are experiencing a drought of quality leadership.
I know a shortage of quality leaders is nothing new. Every generation has searched for people willing to rise to the challenges of the day and lead with character and integrity.
In Paul’s words to the Philippians we can sense some degree of frustration. It seems there’s a short list of people willing or qualified to care for the church at Philippi – people who were unselfish and willing to look on the things of Christ.
“For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.”
Where was Aristarchus, Mark, Justus, Demas? You can almost feel Paul’s disappointment that there weren’t more people willing and able to care for the church.
Jesus never said, “Pray for the harvest!” Rather, His prayer request was that we “Pray for the laborers!”
Luke 10:2 – Threfore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
So what is the answer to a shortage of leaders? What was Paul’s answer? He called on Timothy. Paul sent the young man that he had personally invested in. He sent his son in the faith.
The answer to the drought of quality leaders is to be intentional about developing leaders! Investing in people and pouring into people is the way to assure a steady supply of quality leaders for tomorrow. While it may not do much to help the current shortage, it will certainly revolutionize our future.
The answer to a shortage of leaders is to be intentional about leadership development.
I was recently standing on the platform of our new second church campus bellyaching to God. While others were worshipping during that service, I was silently informing God that if He would just send us some quality musicians, singers, teachers, soul-winners and ready-to-serve workers, then we could really grow our new campus!
I’ll never forget what God spoke to my heart. He said, “look.” As I scanned that small crowd of 50 or 60 people, God said, “Everything you need is sitting right in front of you. You just need to pour into them. You just need to develop the gifts and talents that I put in them!”
So the answer to a shortage of leaders is to be intentional about leadership development. We must ever be pouring into others. The reason Timothy was “like-minded” was that he had Paul’s spirit. And that was because Paul had personally invested in Timothy.
Developing leaders is not just for pastors or business executives. Parents, let us pour our lives into our children. Teachers, may we pour ourselves into our students. Saints of God, let us invest into the lives of new believers around us. No matter who we are or what we do, we can all help assure there are sufficient laborers who are willing and ready to be sent into the Harvest!