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EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 2 of 3)

In this Part 2; we are continuing with our series on A ttributes Of A Godly Leader. These attributes were defined by God Himself in the Bib...

In this Part 2; we are continuing with our series on Attributes Of A Godly Leader. These attributes were defined by God Himself in the Bible. They form the yardstick of how a ministry leader; in any assigned capacity; should live and behave. Anything else that goes against these defined attributes is a creation of mankind. 

EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 2 of 3)

If  you missed Part 1; click this link and read through it: 
It gives you a detailed introduction to this important series as well as attributes 1 to 3.

4. Partner of One Spouse:
A number of churches allow either polygamy and/or, in some rare cases, bigamy. They quote a number of situations in the Bible to justify their push for polygamy, setting aside God’s original intention as depicted from the beginning in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”. This remains the original intention of God, for one husband to marry one wife, and the two to become one flesh. Throughout the documented history of the Bible, never did God change this plan. Some people are quick to point at notable biblical figureheads like Abraham, Jacob, David and Solomon as their reference point for polygamous families. However, even though these notable people lived married multiple spouses, never did God approve of their polygamous unions. God’s original intention remains as that of “one husband; one wife”

In some churches, a man is not allowed to sit in leadership meetings that discuss “serious business” if he has one wife. He is considered an “outcast” because, in their own self-serving doctrines, he is not “man enough” to join them. Nevertheless, the Apostle Paul clearly writes to Timothy stating that a Godly leader must be a husband of one wife. A true leader in the Kingdom of God must be content with one spouse, rightly so as per the original intention of God which was never altered by Him throughout the course of history. 

5. Hospitable:
The word hospitable borrows its roots from the word 'hospital' which basically refers to a home where sick people are taken to receive treatment. In some cases, sick people are admitted and detained for various days as they undergo intense treatment of their ailments, and only get discharged when their conditions improve. In the event that a sick person does not make it, they actually die at the hospital! The hospital is such a very important home in our society. It accommodates virtually all kinds of people from different backgrounds suffering from different kinds of diseases. 

In that same spirit, a Godly leader is supposed to act as a hospital. He must be able to accommodate all kinds of people in his house or life, and have the wisdom and capacity to diagnose what is spiritually, morally, materially or financially lacking in their lives. Just like at a hospital, even if the person being accommodated by the church leader 'does not recover from their sickness', there must be satisfaction in the church leader’s heart that he has done his party. Never should a “sick person” regret meeting a Godly leader. 

6. Peace-Loving:
The Apostle Paul, on 1 Timothy 3:3, actually uses the phrase “not quarrelsome” do describe a peace loving Godly leader. It is very common for church leaders to argue and quarrel just like all other people out there. In fact, any healthy leadership team will have a small fair share of disagreements. That is a sign of a health organisation because it brings out the diversity that God gave us when we were created. In any natural set-up, you cannot have all people agreeing on everything all the time. 

However, within the confines of a healthy church, there are some leaders who go to extremes with arguments. Some go as far as exchanging harsh words, and in some worst case scenarios leaders end up being embroiled in fist-fights result in causalities. A Godly leader must be a peacemaker, a promoter of love between foes in the church, a unifier of family members who are at loggerheads with each other, and most importantly an advocate of godliness in church and society at large. 

EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 2 of 3)

7. Not Lover of Money:
Money is generally used as a medium of exchange/transaction in this world. People need money in their lives for them to buy foodstuffs to guarantee their survival. Governments need money to finance infrastructural development and recurrent expenditure. Even the church needs money to finance its activities. Salvation was given as a free gift to the world as it was already paid for on the cross through the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”. However, the gospel of salvation does not come cheap. Church properties, crusades, seminars, instruments and bills require money for them to be financed. Money is equally important for the church as it is important in other spheres of life. 

Notwithstanding the need for money, a Godly leader must not be primarily driven by a strong desire for amassing finances and riches. As the Bible puts, you cannot effectively serve two masters at the same time. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money)”. It’s either Jesus Christ wins in your life or mammon (money) wins. Therefore, while money is a very important factor for the effective discharge of our Christian duties, a Godly leader must always put God first in everything. 

8. Good Manager of His Household:
As the old English adage goes “charity begins at home”; a Godly leader must be able to manage his house first before embarking on a higher responsibility of managing the house of God. Many times church leaders come from households that are littered with immorality, family quarrels, brother-sister hatred, witchcraft accusations and counter-accusations, thievery and parental public humiliations to mention but a few. When a Godly leader fails to manage his house (private life), how can he effectively influence and manage the house of God (public life)? It becomes, as Jesus Christ puts it, hypocrisy! Matthew 23:27 - “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness”. A Godly leader must be able to manage his household well before managing the church.

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EXCLUSIVE: Attributes Of A Godly Leader (Part 2 of 3)