We were to have vigils for a selected team every week in the month. I knew it was going to be demanding. While we contemplated it, I asked my wife if the vigil should hold at home especially because of our children.
My wife said to me, “Let us use the church. We do not have to seek the most convenient option. We must give it what it takes”. Even our children ended up staying awake for some of the vigils.
One of the lessons that every leader must learn is this: A leader must hold himself accountable to the things that he demands from the people he is leading.
A leader must be ready to do twice as much as what he has demanded. You can only lead people to where you have been or where you are going.
The slip in the life of David came when he stayed back at home at the season when kings go to war.
“Then it happened in the spring, at the time when the kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all [the fighting men of] Israel, and they destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”
2 SAMUEL 11:1 AMP
It is fatal for a leader to excuse himself from instructions to which he is holding others accountable. Jesus was never like that. When Luke wrote about Jesus to Theophilus, he said:
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach Acts 1:1 KJV
Jesus did what he taught and he taught what he did. Leadership is first by example. Wherever instruction is not backed up with an example, such a leader cannot be trusted.
One of the things I made up my mind on as a Pastor is that my Bible study and Prayer time would not only be to prepare to teach others. My devotion will be a platform for my own personal growth.
Do not be the kind of leader who teaches on prayer but never prays. Do not teach on evangelism yet you do not win souls. Do not call for a fast when you would not honour it yourself.
Fulfil the demand that leadership has placed on you.