Today’s organizational challenges require mature leaders who can discern good from evil. The corporate world calls it business ‘ethics’.
There was a time when leaders who had great technical skill, but little discerning could function in leadership positions in church and business. However, in the challenges now of these last days, we see a heightened demand for men and women with leadership character irrespective of their technical or academic skills and knowledge. Such leaders must be mature, not subsisting on organizational milk and religious pablum, but living on the bread of His life; the meat of God’s word, and the new wine of His Spirit.
Mature leaders must discern spiritual things, not relying upon natural data and knowledge to make decisions nor on human charisma to influence people. Hebrews 5:14 says, "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."
Maturity emanates from submitting to training in the basic disciplines of life. Leaders who have disciplined themselves to live on God’s word, His bread, and His wine will have persevered through problems and become stronger from spiritual struggle. They arise to a level of maturity required in these last days. Through the problems and struggles, they have truly submitted to God’s refinement and provision, and come to discern good from evil.
Today we have many in politics, media and in the church calling evil good and good evil. Leaders living on milk will not know the difference. Leaders living on the substance of God, will know the difference and not be swayed by what someone inside or outside the church calls good or evil. They will discern and decide.