Healthy leaders strive to be a blessing and not a burden to those they are called to lead and serve.
By Pastor Bob Regazzoli, Australia
We are likely familiar with the story in Exodus when Pharoah rejected Moses’ word from the Lord and made more demands from the captive Israelites.
That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” (Exodus 5:6-9)
I was thinking about this the other day and had to ask myself an important question: “Am I being a blessing as a pastor/leader, or a burden to those I am serving? Am I giving high support with high challenge, and am I doing so with grace always?”
Jesus, as our loving king, set the example by taking our burdens upon himself. He not only paid the penalty of sin for us, but he also brought good news to all who are oppressed, and he challenged those who misused their authority.