"Anyone who lives on milk, being an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness" (Hebrews 5:13). An elementary truth referenced here is the truth of where we get our right standing with God.
Surveys in the U.S. have revealed that over 50% of Christians believe they get their right standing or righteousness from their behavior, i.e. the good or bad things they do on a given day, in a given year and over a lifetime. A leader who believes that his or her standing with God is based in behavior will live a roller coaster of self condemnation or self-righteous indignation. One week they are high on themselves. The next week they are down on themselves. The people they lead see this dichotomy, even when it is subtle and masked in the workplace.
Leaders must truly understand and embrace the elementary truth found in 2 Cor. 5:21 where the writer said ‘We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.’
Immature leaders do not understand nor embrace the truth that their right standing with the Father ONLY comes from their belief and adherence to Jesus as the One who has reconciled them to the Father, irrespective of yesterday, today, or tomorrow’s sin. Immature leaders, therefore, are unstable in their leadership, never knowing how the scales of good and bad actions have affected their relationship with the Father. They will work to do good after they have done bad. They will try to balance the scales of good and bad, keeping more good than bad, at least from their perspective.
The next post will bring forth the perspective of a mature leader who embraces righteousness ONLY in Christ.