When Our Crown Becomes Thorns

A Daily Leadership Essentials Quote

from Veritas Leadership Journal at HeartPathJournal.net

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The Crown for Leadership which becomes a Crown of Thorns should not be a surprise, it is not a strange thing. Jesus warns us that if people hated Him, they would hate us too. So, in the words of Peter, it was ‘to this you were called’ (1 Peter 2:20-23)

How did Jesus find the strength to endure and to keep depression at bay while people hated Him? ‘He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly’ (v.23). He did this through praying alone often, very often!

( djh / “To This You Were Called” )

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For God And Kingdom!

To carry our own Cross of Pain & Shame is to give up the comfortable life, and to pick up the sacrificial life. It is to do what we know to do, even if God has not yet revealed all the why’s or any of the purposes. It is to do what is right, regardless of the pain and shame that will come crashing down upon us.

“Jesus said, ‘… You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns… Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me and for the gospel will save it.’”

~ Mark 8:33-35

To carry our cross of pain and shame is not just referring to suffering as a result of a public ministry, though we definitely are surrounded by witnesses. Our suffering can be anything that the enemy might use to try and kill our hope and tempt our destruction of our own integrity.

The carrying of our own unique cross of paining and shaming is a ministry all in its own. Not what we suffer, but HOW we suffer is the most honest portrayal of our love for God. Few, if any, will endure great pain and shame for something or someone they don’t believe in. Regardless of what and why we suffer, it is HOW we suffer that is solid evidence for the witnesses of our lives (on earth and in Heaven) of our love and wholehearted commitment to living For God And For His Kingdom.

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To This You Were Called

Pastor, has your Crown for Leadership become a Crown of Thorns? Were you voted-in by a 98% vote and highly regarded during the first seasons of your ministry, only to recently enter into a very dark time when some people are making things very difficult for you? Has your recognition as a Pastor been transformed into a recognition as an obstacle by some [cruel people] who want to see the ministry head in a different direction?

Jesus knows exactly what that is like. So do the Apostles. So do most others who have been in ministry longer than a few months! It doesn’t take very long for the enemy to stir up trouble for Pastors, but the pastoral ministry is the arena to which we are called:

“… if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.”

~ 1 Peter 2:20-23

If you are suffering because you are doing good, consider that Jesus Himself, the Perfect One, suffered in His ministry too. Our calling which comes from Him is not only to preach, teach, counsel, administrate, and to heal; it is also to demonstrate and model how to endure suffering by God’s provided grace.

The Crown for Leadership which becomes a Crown of Thorns should not be a surprise, it is not a strange thing. Jesus warns us in the gospels that if people hated Him, they would hate us too. So, it was “to this you were called.”

How did Jesus find the strength to endure and to keep depression at bay while people hated Him? “He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” He did this through praying alone often, very often!

And He did these things “that you should follow in His steps.”

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