The Story: Asaph seems to have thought that the rulers of Israel in his day were clueless about the true nature of their calling. They did not have knowledge – of the Law of God and how to use it? – and they lacked understanding – of the people and their needs? Rather than conduct their lives and ministries in the light of God’s Word (Ps. 119:105), they were crashing around in the darkness of unbelief, which probably sounded something like pragmatism – “What do we need to do in order to maintain the status quo?” The result of this ignorance and unbelief was that “the foundations” of the nation were being shaken; Israel was coming unglued from the ground up. Where those appointed to lead will not take seriously God’s way of doing their work, the dissolution of the entire project must surely follow. Churches may not crumble into heaps of dust and bricks, but their outreach will dry up, their fruitfulness will lag, their worship will degenerate into mere formalism, and their effectiveness in making disciples will falter.
The Structure: Church members have a right to expect that their leaders will shelter and nurture them with the Word of God (Ps. 12), that every aspect of the life and ministry of the church will be conducted according to what God has revealed in His Word. But where church leaders don’t know the Word, and where their personal reading, meditation, and study of Scripture are not robust, don’t expect the people to show anything different from this (Jn. 13:16). We must insist that church leaders be men and women of God’s Word, deeply spiritual and wholly determined to make disciples, build the church, and seek the Kingdom on the sure foundation of Christ and His Word (Eph. 2:19-22), and nothing else.How much do you know about the spiritual lives of your church’s leaders?
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