by Seth Cross
At the Catalyst Conference in 2006 Andy Stanley challenged and encouraged Christian leaders with a quote from the book of Daniel: “The Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.”
This idea combats the tendency for leaders to become arrogant and prideful. It is hard to not become self-centered when you are one of the heads of a ministry and the center of so many lives. However, this verse from Scripture should remind us leaders that our position is temporary. We are accountable for what we do and we can be replaced. This should humble us and remind us that we are only the vessel God uses. Nothing we accomplish happens because we are great, but rather because God is great and works through us. John the Baptist understood this when he said: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” We must be humble and allow God to flow through and from us.
However, the fact that God has put you and I in ministry in the first place should free us up to be diligent and fearless in our work. If we are in a position of leadership, God has put us there for a purpose. God put us in leadership because He plans to use us. So we must be bold and work hard. We must not fear man, but fear God. Whatever position we hold, we do not hold it because of our own ability or because someone saw potential in us and put us there, but rather because God has placed us in a position of leadership and plans to use us for his glory.