Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Hebrews 13:17-25

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

Yes, I am still on the road. Communicating with you each week is such good medicine. As Fr. Rob talked about in his sermon this week, writing this devotional each week recharges my spiritual battery. I also find that if my spiritual battery is charged, so is my physical battery.

This Tuesday, Paul continues to offer very practical advice to assist his Hebrew readers to see a new life in Jesus. He starts by telling them to obey their leaders. What leaders is he referring to? One must assume they are the community leaders or religious leaders. He gives them credit as being people who “keep watching over our souls, ---and men who will have to give account.”

I have many leaders as I am sure you do as well. We have church leaders, political leaders, teachers, and bosses in our jobs, celebrities we admire, and let’s not forget our Parents who are the most influential leaders of all. We look to them for guidance and direction and to set priorities. All those things taught in Management training seminars on leadership. But are they all interested in “watching over our souls” and will they be accountable for our souls? Not all for sure. Very few actually.

Paul does not suggesting that we should question or challenge our leadership. He suggests we submit to it and have “faith” that the leaders will be accountable for our souls. He urges his Hebrew readers to support his leadership and also Timothy who has just been released from prison. He indicates that he and Timothy will soon visit with them and provide leadership.

When I think about the many bosses I have had in my career and identify what separates the good from the not so good, it is this very issue of caring about the welfare of the individual and not just what they produce. Gandhi cared about all his followers individually and there were millions. Hitler and Stalin do not share this reputation. There is one great leader whose very life was dedicated to leading and that is Jesus Christ. He cared enough to sacrifice himself for us. This is the leader I will obey without question.


John Dickie

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