Everyday Always Deliverer Emancipates Readily!(L.E.A.D.E.R)"
Editors Note: The devotional has a background song 'Jesus is Lord of
All' by Keith Green which can be heard if you use Internet
“One Sabbath Jesus was going
through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began
to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are
they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?" He answered, "Have you
never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in
need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of
God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to
eat. And he also gave some to his companions." Then he said to them,
"The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of
Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." (Mark 2:23-28, NIV)
myself what words/phrases were repeated?
As I looked through the passage,
Sabbath was mentioned 5 times so I decided to focus on it to see in what
instances it was mentioned.
One Sabbath Jesus was
going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along,
they began to pick some heads of grain.
The Pharisees said to
him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”
Jesus said, “The Sabbath
was made for man,
Not man for the Sabbath.
So the Son of Man is
Lord even of the Sabbath.
Today I looked at the first 2 instances where Sabbath was mentioned:
I asked myself why Jesus would go through the
occurred to me whatever Jesus did He had a reason for it. Jesus already
knew that the disciples were going to pick some heads of grain. Jesus
took this opportunity to address the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath
because He knew they were going to ask Him a question. Earlier in the
chapter, I learned that Jesus knew what the Pharisees and teachers of
the law were thinking in their minds even before they said it. It would
be no different here. Jesus wanted to teach them a lesson regarding the
actions of the disciples too.
I asked myself what was significant about the
question the Pharisees asked Jesus!
found it interesting that the Pharisees do not address the disciples who
they perceive to be breaking the law but directly address Jesus
regarding the disciples. Rather, than talking to the disciples, they go
directly to the source. This made me see that the Pharisees saw Jesus as
the leader of the disciples and whatever mistakes the disciples did,
they wanted answers from Jesus because Jesus was in a leadership role.
I saw important implications for
my own life. The Pharisees saw Jesus in a leadership role and when
mistakes were made, they did not address the persons making the mistake
but went to the source. This showed me the responsibility we have when
we are in a leadership role. Those who think they are leaders take it as an
opportunity to challenge other leaders when their followers mess up.
This tells me when we are in a
leadership role, we need to be aware of the actions of those that follow
us. We also need to be prepared for the fact that if followers
mess up, people may not question the followers for the mess up but the
leader who is in charge of the followers. If the leader does not have a
substantive defense, not only is the leader affected but the followers
Speaking from experience, I can tell you being in a leadership role is
not always easy. Being in authority over employees who I have to manage is like a
leader-follower role. When the employees have messed up, the managers go
to other managers to address the situation than the employees. The
assumption is that the manager is supposed to manager the employees and
if something went wrong then the manager is to answer. This makes
a lot of sense!
Even in ministry, if you are a
campus minister you have student leaders who work under you and follow
you. When the student leaders mess up and do things that are unbiblical
in their leadership role, the one who oversees the campus minister will
address the campus minister to see why it has happened that way because
the campus minister was put in authority to do the Lord’s work on campus
and faithfully shepherd the student leaders. When followers mess up, the
Lord could demand an answer from you because He put you in that
leadership role to shepherd them! If negative things were happening then
the campus minister may not have been doing his job properly. This goes
to pastors too!
People don’t have to be in
authority to question someone if they perceive them to be doing wrong. I
can think of the church as an example. If people perceive that a certain
church overlooks deliberate and blatant sin of their congregation
members and does not even address it but gives a perception of condoning
it, the congregation members are not those who are questioned but the
pastor of that church would be in the spotlight and in the hot seat.
Whatever Jesus did I know is
right and I intend to look more closely at Jesus’ response in tomorrow’s
I ask you
now dear friend, what kind of leader are you?
Dear friend, there are only two
choices when it comes to being a leader; you are either a good leader or
a bad leader. It can be an honor to be a leader but there is also great
responsibility that comes with it. Those that follow you will be
influenced by your own actions because they see you in a leadership
position. You can take that opportunity to be a righteous leader as you
depend on the Lord Jesus Christ to help you and guide you to be the best
leader you can be. I know I want to be the best leader wherever the Lord
has placed me. Everyone is a leader in some capacity for everyone has
followers whether we acknowledge it or not. If you are a big brother or
sister, you have younger brother/sister that becomes a follower, etc.
Jesus is the best example of learning how to be a good leader.
Sororities and fraternities on campus are big on big brother and big
sister so they need to set the right trend for new pledges who become
members learning from the example of Jesus.
May you learn from the Master
Himself on how to be a good leader for His honor and glory! Amen!
Good books to read on leadership
are "Transforming Leadership" and "Master Plan of Evangelism",
'Excellence in Leadership', and 'Making of a Leader'. If you
want those books, I can get you a copy!
Everyday Always Deliverer Emancipates Readily!”(L.E.A.D.E.R)/”What
kind of leader are you?
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for letting me learn about
leadership. Oh Lord thank you for being the best leader and being up to
the challenge to answer those that question your leadership. You Oh Lord
have set an example for us. Help us Oh Lord to know that when we are in
a leadership position, we are scrutinized more and need to set a good
example for those that follow us. Lord, when we are followers also help
us to follow depending on you for wisdom. More than anything, Oh Lord we
ask your help to follow you. We want to follow you Jesus and be guided
by you. Forgive us our sin Oh Lord and cleanse us with your precious
cleansing blood. I thank you Jesus! Please come into my heart and make
my heart your home. I thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and
making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will
live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life as I follow
you with your help. I acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior!
Thank you Jesus for being my Lord and Personal Savior! I surrender my
life to you and ask for your help! Thank you Jesus that you have heard
my prayers and answered me! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
You can invite the GREAT PHYSICIAN right now as you make this your prayer.
thank you for healing the paralytic after forgiving his sins. He set him
free to go home. I want to be free. I don’t know
everything about you. I still have a lot of questions. What I do know is
that you died on the cross for my sins. When it comes to sin, I am a
paralytic Oh Lord. I am infected with this deadly disease known as sin.
I am not perfect but a sinner who needs your cleansing blood to clean me
of my sin everyday. I confess to you my sin and repent of my sin. I know
you have forgiven me when you died on the cross. I want to accept that
you for shedding your cleansing precious blood for me. You were nailed
to the cross because of me. It is like I actually held the hammer and
pounded the nails so I could be free. Thank you for willingly dying for
me Jesus. Thank you for taking the shame and pain for me. Thank you for
doing that to set me free. I come to the cross and ask you for your
healing in my life. Thank you for the power of your Blood to redeem
humanity. Thank you for coming back to life to save us and give us
Eternal Life as we yield to you. Your blood can heal us where we are. I
love you Jesus. Even with my questions, I come to you now and accept you
into my heart. Please Jesus come into my heart and make my heart your
home. Give me a transfusion of change. Live in me Jesus and I will live
for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. I thank you Jesus
for coming into my heart and making my heart your home. Thank you for
living in me Jesus. I acknowledge you now as my Lord and Personal
Savior. Please be the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank you for being my
Lord and Personal Savior Jesus and because of what you have done for me when
God looks at me, He now sees me covered in your blood and His judgment
passes over me. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me.
Thank you for being with me Lord. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Thank you Jesus I now belong to you and never need to be alone! You will
always be with me and have given me Salvation. In Your Name I Pray
Friend, if you have prayed this
prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and
all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may
feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your
new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave
you nor forsake you! Amen!
No matter what you feel in your heart,
know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To
make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him
as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the
Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into
prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel
of John or Gospel of
Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord
show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to
help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches
the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our
crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help! But
beware of churches who do believe in the Word of God completely but
there is no freedom in Christ but legalism involved.
student, it is not too late to join a fellowship on campus too this
blessed New Year of 2008! May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His
love now and forever! Amen!
Feel free to email me at
email@example.com if you want to meet to study the Bible,
pray with, talk about spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My
number is 412-720-4579.
"This is my
work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)
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