With a title like this one, “The Marks of a Godly Leader”, you expect everyone to perk up their ears. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a godly leader? But then again, if you heard last week’s sermon then you might recall that being made into a godly leader is not an easy thing. It means coming to the end of your self that you might find Christ. We talked about how most of us look to be seen as a leader as a testament to our strengths, thinking that a godly leader must not only be seen by others as having strengths but by God as having strengths. But that is not the case. A godly leader is not someone who has been appointed as such to showcase or testify to his strengths, a godly leader is someone who showcases and testifies to the strength of Christ. A godly leader is someone who has reached the end of his own strength and found the hand of Christ to sustain him. Paul had a terribly hard life. But it is not hard to see the connection between his struggles and his godly leadership. In fact, you could almost argue that the marks of a godly leader are the scars on his back, his mind, and his heart. That puts things in a different light when you consider Paul’s “trustworthy statement, “if anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.” Who would aspire to scars? And while the scars might be marks that are important, there is another kind of marks Paul would have us take note of when considering who should lead. These are the marks of the Holy Spirit. God makes leaders just as he makes disciples. He calls them and shapes them. His Holy Spirit equips them for the task and thus it is this fruit of the Holy Spirit that marks the godly leader.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
3:1 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. (ESV)