Daily Devotion, 5-18-2020 - Pouring Into Others

Pastor: Connie Belmore

DEVOTION: May 18, 2020
Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16
Pouring into Others

Some of my best supervisors have been “servant leaders”. They would have meetings to ensure communication flow was as it should be, distribute responsibilities fairly and according to skills and abilities, provide people and resources to accomplish our tasks and unify us as a team. In other words, the best leaders I have worked under focused on creating a team that was unified and fully equipped and empowered. They poured into others so others can pour into others.  One of my leaders was such a wonderful leader that he now, after serving many years in the Air Force, has his own company geared towards developing great leaders.

The ultimate leader and leadership teacher, however, is Jesus Christ and then the apostle Paul who tells us about how God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) exemplify servant leadership. In today’s passage, Paul gives the Ephesians a lesson on Leadership 101. He begins with the characteristics of a good leader which include being humble, gentle, patient and bearing with one another in love. Inside and outside the church, we struggle at times to do all of these because we forget the element of love as we work. We at times become so focused on the task at hand that we forget to treat one another in a loving and caring way. No matter what the task, we need to not forget to pour love to those we lead.

The next focus of Paul’s lesson is being a team--- oneness. One body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all, who pour into us the attributes of faithfulness and love. In the church of all places, we should be united by the Oneness of God and as one body who carries out the mission of the church.

Paul then reminds the Ephesians of how Christ in his time on earth showed us the importance of having diversity of skills and abilities on our team. In the church we need apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. These diverse Ephesians leaders are challenged to, in turn, pour themselves into equipping and empowering others to serve, to build up the body of Christ, to reach unity in the faith and knowledge of Christ and to become mature Christians. The above description of what church leadership is the goal of the church—to make disciples who make disciples by pouring ourselves into others who pour themselves into others.

God is the ultimate example of what unity and leadership look like. God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit creates, delivers, redeems and enables us to live a righteous and faithful life. One God in three persons working together to bring Oneness to us and though us so that we can engage in the most important practice of the church --- disciple making.

Dear God, thank you for giving us the example of perfect leadership in Jesus Christ. Help us all to be leaders who pour ourselves into the lives of others inside the church but also in our families, our jobs, our communities and the world around us. In the name of the greatest Servant Leader, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

 
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