The Lord has me camped out of late in Alexander Strauch’s exposition of 1 Corinthians 13 as it applies to the realm of leadership in the local church. All I can say is very convicting. I have a long way to go in living out the law of love in the stewardship that is pastoral ministry. For a PDF version of the book click here.
This gem at the end of chapter one will give an idea of how close things hit to home:
A Modern Paraphrase
Picturing himself as the most extraordinary teacher or leader
to ever live, Paul would say:
If I were the most gifted communicator to ever preach,
so that millions of people were moved by my oratory,
but didn’t have love, I would be an annoying, empty wind-bag
before God and people.
If I had the most charismatic personality, so that
everyone was drawn to me like a powerful magnet, but
didn’t have Christlike love, I would be a phony, a dud.
If I were the greatest visionary leader the church has ever heard,
but didn’t have love, I would be misguided and lost.
If I were the bestselling author on theology and church growth,
but didn’t have love, I would be an empty-headed failure.
If I sacrificially gave all my waking hours to discipling
future leaders, but did it without love,
I would be a false guide and model.
The scary thing is that reading something like this usually guarantees testing in the area for the purpose of growth.
Prayers are definitely appreciated.