Living with Threatened Leaders
In the very early years of my life serving God, I had a leader over me who seemed to view me as a potential threat to his position. Life became difficult for many years.
Maybe you’ve recognized that someone in your life might feel threatened by you. We can never know for certain what is in someone’s heart. But if you think that’s the case, here are some principles that are helpful for you to know and do in relating to this leader:
- Don’t take revenge or attempt to take matters into your own hands. Trust God.
- Learn obedience through suffering. Difficult seasons are a tool God uses to prepare you for greater purpose and blessing in your life.
- Ask yourself if there is something you are doing or not doing, saying or not saying, which causes people to feel threatened by you. Make any necessary changes.
- Read the Word. Learn from the examples of people who lived under threatened leaders--like David and Jonathan, who lived under Saul.
- Live in submission to your authority. I recommend you read my book Touching Godliness.
- Pray specifically for God to help that leader. Pray for any specific situation, struggle or problem that you know is affecting him, his actions and behavior.
- Go to the person in humility and love and share with him your concerns, if the Lord leads you to do so. Share with him in humility and leave the “back door” open. Don’t be hasty—give God time to work in his heart.
- Read Chapter 10 of Touching Godliness, “When Our Authorities Go Wrong.” There are some practical guides you will find helpful.
- Embrace humility. Avoid seeking attention and praise for what you do. Be a servant who seeks to please the Lord, remembering that this is His work.
Take courage in Saint Francis’ words: “O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
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