Be shepherds of God‘s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:2-4)
We are leaders not so much because we sought leadership, but because the Holy Spirit chose us to shepherd His flock. He gave us the tools we need to lead His children effectively. He gave us the skills to maneuver through the wickedness of the world. He gave us a sense of His righteousness and a desire to see His goodness in our lives and in the lives of those He gave us responsibility to oversee.
As leaders we are to be accountable to others and to ourselves. We are accountable to God. And, we are accountable for each other.
We are responsible for our honor and for our honesty. We hold our heads high in esteem of Him Who establishes us. Without honor and without honesty the basis for our appointment as a leader is lost. Without honor and without honesty we have no foundation in Him. Without honor and without honesty we make ourselves unworthy of the call He has blessed us with.
David was a leader of extraordinary blessing. He had courage. He had a prayer life that led him to Truth and understanding of God’s will. But, he did not have Uriah’s wife. His honor was weak. He lied to himself and had Uriah murdered for the sake of having Bathsheba for himself. His honesty was at nil.
David was held accountable when Nathan challenged him. God held David accountable as well.
Who holds you accountable? Do you have a foundation of believing friends who have the courage to point out your errors? Or, do you surround yourself with people who will tell you what you want to hear?