March 17th (Second Sunday in Lent): “Stand Firm in the Lord in this Way” Currency of Gracious Leadership

Text: Phillipians 3:17-4:1 (Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Luke 13:31-35)

Many have claimed that celebreties are role models. We wonder then why
our children and culture begins to reflect over identification with the
sensational and self absorbed culture of entertainment. We bemoan everyone
being lost in their phones
and much more passionate
about what they can get than what they can give. What will it take to turn this
all around? Genesis reminds us that God comes into time and space to show the
way. As God passed through the sacrifice to seal the covenant with Abram, so
God’s light continues to lead us. Our
reading from Luke shows two different kinds of leadership. There is Jesus who
is inviting people into a living and life changing relationship that he not only speaks, but models. Then there is Herod who is only concerned with self service, promotion and protection. Paul
did not tell people to do as he says and not as he does. To be an example is a tremendous responsibility. What we say needs to match
with what we do. Gracious leadership is being an example. Paul
instructed them to “stand firm in the Lord in this way.” He then called them to
imitate his witness. What would happen if celebreties and role models were not
the examples we lifted up? What if we were examples
of how to stand firm in the Lord? What if we were examples of gracious
leadership? How does our witness need to change to match our example?

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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