Who Is Leading You?
January 14, 2019
By Suzanne Tucker, Assistant Director of Worship and Arts Ministry
A quick search on Amazon shows that there are over 10,000 books on leadership. They come at the subject from a wide variety of angles: serve to lead, humble, hungry, hustle, be fearless, set goals, win friends, influence people. In general, these books all assume one thing: that we should all want to be the leader.
When you’re the leader, you’re on the top-rung, center of the stage and in the spotlight. Others listen to you and you are responsible for the direction that everyone goes. We equate leading with dominance–and who doesn’t want to dominate, right?
In Matthew 15:14, Jesus warns that leaders who exercise religious dominance but reject the truth, “are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14 NASB)
God desires a different model for leadership in our lives. He wants to be our leader, but not because He wants to dominate us, but because He wants to free us. In fact, God’s model of leadership is closer to ballroom dance!
In dance, the male partner is generally the leader. His job is to survey the landscape, chart a course through the other dancers and guide the woman around the floor safely. The woman’s job is to yield to the gentle direction of her partner’s hand on her back and express the beauty and grace of the music. Without a strong leader, the woman (who is generally facing backward and can’t see where she’s going) is constantly looking over her shoulder, fearful of colliding with others. It’s a partnership between two people who enjoy the give and take and the beauty that comes from it.
When we yield to a loving God, we are allowing Him to guide us in the same way. “You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me…If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” Psalm 139:5, 9-10 NIV
He gently guides us, correcting our course at times and helping us navigate through the swirling around us. And when we yield, we are free to express ourselves; free to be all He wants us to be.
He leadeth me! O blessed thought, O words with heavenly comfort fraught;
Whate’er I do, where’er I be, still by God’s hand He leadeth me.