Archive for October 23rd, 2017

I’m sure that holding a high position in public life isn’t an easy task.  It may carry many privileges, but with it also comes a great amount of responsibility.  We may often criticise some leaders as being arrogant or self-serving and perhaps think that it is a recent phenomenon, but God was giving Ezekiel prophetic visions of this over 2,500 years ago!

God gave Ezekiel a vision of twenty five men, leaders and influencers of the people, at the city gate which is where politicians and merchants would conduct their business.  They claim “this city is a cooking pot and we are the meat”.  They believed that they were the elite; influential people who would always succeed.  Ezekiel was told to prophesy to them that God was sovereign and that he would bring them down and drive them out of the city.  They are warned that “you have killed many people… you fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you”.  A precursor to Jesus’ teaching that “if you live by the sword you will die by the sword”.  It was a stark reminder to them, as it should be to us, that we cannot live by or abuse any worldly power, influence or authority that we may have.  God sees and knows our motives, no matter how well we may conceal them from others.  It can be easy to make the excuse to ourselves that “it doesn’t matter as everybody else is doing it”, or that we are somehow a product of our time, geography or culture.  Ezekiel prophesied that “you have not kept my laws…but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you”.

When we submit ourselves to Jesus, we allow him to transform us to become more like him.  However, we need to fully open up all areas of our life to him.  This includes the obvious areas such as home and work life, but also our ambitions, our social lives, our artistic, creative, sporting and competitive sides, our political leanings, our business dealings, our positions of leadership and influence.  Only then can we truly cast aside any selfish motives and become “salt and light to the world!”
















Spend some time praying for our leaders locally, nationally and internationally.  Pray that they will not be driven by greed or arrogance or any other “hidden” motive, but will seek God’s guidance and act humbly and wisely.  Then pray the same for yourself!

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