William Barclay in his devotional commentary, The Letter to the Hebrews wrote; “The real leader, if need be, dies in loyalty. He shows men how to live and is prepared to show them how to die. Jesus, having loved his own, loved them to the end; and the real leader, having loved Jesus, loves him to the end. His loyalty never stops halfway.” (p. 195)
Wow! Am I prepared to show men how to die? In a way that is what life is about, showing people how to make the most of their time on earth so they can face their deaths with no regrets. My time is limited and each day I getting closer to the day of my death.
The key concept that leapt out at me from this thought was loyalty. I need to remember that loyalty is an element of faith. The true leader in the church is the person who is loyal to Christ Jesus above everything else. Doubts may come, hardships may arrive, and persecution may be present, but the true leader remains committed to Christ. Through all of this the loyal person becomes an example of what it means to live by faith, even when that commitment takes the leader to their death.
For me to be a leader means that I have to be an example of loyalty and faith no matter what happens in my life. A leader realizes that his/her life is on display, and therefore they provide a powerful testimony about God and the difference He makes in their lives. A leader’s life is compelling evidence to the truthfulness of what he/she says (teaches).
“Holy Father, grant me the faith to live a loyal life as I follow Christ Jesus.”