Leaders are busy people. We can easily begin to believe that God’s purpose for us is to perform in the leadership role we have. After all, we are leading others to be involved in missions around the world. Surely that pleases God, doesn’t it? We want to be sure we are being effective, striving for excellence, and making a valuable contribution to the kingdom of God. We want to use our spiritual gifts in service to show compassion, promote justice, and witness to others. Certainly, these are worthy goals, aren’t they?
The Bible does clearly call us to be disciples. Since the beginning of the church, serving has been a significant part of what Christ’s followers do. However, as leaders it is easy to substitute or confuse serving God with loving God.
Serving God focuses on what we do. We may mistakenly begin to think that the more we do or the better we do it, the more we please God. We work tirelessly, often neglecting our bodies, our families, or other responsibilities, all the while convincing ourselves we are being a great leader in God’s kingdom.