Genuine spiritual leaders are deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of those for whom they accept responsibility… They cannot be nonchalant, unconcerned, detached or remain uninformed or ambivalent about their welfare. They will seek to find out the welfare of those they lead and do what they can to help them.
This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I read the passionate words of such a spiritual leader – a man who was a model for us in that regard – Apostle Paul…
“So when we could stand it no longer… we sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by their trials… For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain. But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith. FOR NOW WE REALLY LIVE WHEN YOU ARE STANDING FIRM IN THE LORD! How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
“Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones!” (From 1 Thessalonians 3:1–13 NIV)
Oh, let me tell you, may I have a heart like that as a spiritual leader! May my heart long to see and hear and contribute to the spiritual progress of those I lead (or have led). May I do everything in my power to determine and keep track of their spiritual progress and stability! May I intercede in prayer for them daily! Thank you, Apostle Paul, for giving us a glimpse into the heart of a true spiritual leader!