Insecure Leaders, Part 2
As we continue to look at the characteristics of insecure leaders, we need to note that two inadequate, but typical paths that lead to insecurity are in what others say or think about us or in our performance. If we take these paths into ministry, we are doomed for frustration, injuring those we are to serve and not fully realizing the God-given mandate on our life.
3. Insecure leaders find their greatest joy in ministry
While there is a wonderful satisfaction in hitting the sweet spot of our life and doing what God has graced us to do, there is a greater joy found in what God does for us.
Luke 10:17, 20 NIV
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:20 MSG
Not what you do for God but what God does for you — that’s the agenda for rejoicing.
Our heart and emotions should find their greatest fulfilment in who we are rather than in what we do. Our assignment will change according to God’s purpose and outward success will not always be achieved, but our position with the Father will never change.
4. Insecure leaders will not allow things to be done at a lower level because of how it makes you look
Thank God for an emphasis in the last number of years that has inspired ministry to be done at the high level of quality and excellence that it should be done. While this is a noble goal, the motivation to do so may come from a motive other than God’s best. Excellence shows forth God’s greatness and communicates value to people. The pursuit of perfect sometimes can be done for selfish reasons. Let nothing be done out of selfish ambition.
Excellence is not about making you look good, but expressing who God is. Ministry can never be about perfection because it is an extremely messy business. Stuff goes wrong all the time because we are called to reach messed up people and bring the broken hearted to wholeness and maturity. In ministry, some of the stuff that goes wrong is important and some of it is irrelevant. Jesus was a perfect leader, yet the gospels are full of the mistakes and immature decisions of the disciples. Ministry is not about perfection, it’s about the direction people are heading and how you are helping them get there. We see many examples in the Bible of imperfect people who make some mistakes along the way but still achieve great things for the kingdom, like James and John in Luke 9.
5. Insecure leaders are competitive
Insecure leaders are always want to know who is winning and who is ahead?
4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first.
They are always willing and ready to talk about all their big results or make excuses for their lack of results.
6. Insecure leaders are concerned about title and recognition
Insecure leaders are always trying to be noticed and want everyone to know who they are. Instead of bring people to the attention of Jesus, they tend to elevate themselves and bring themselves recognition.
5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37 They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; 40 but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
7. Insecure leaders take everything personally
They take the ups and downs of ministry personally because they tie their identity into their ministry. They want people to need them. To be effective, you need to separate your identity from your ministry. Our assignments will change, but who we are remains the same
Rom 1:1 MSG
I, Paul, am a devoted slave of Jesus Christ on assignment, authorized as an apostle to proclaim God’s words and acts.
One area where this becomes sensitive is in the area of money. Personal provision comes because you are a child of God and He loves you. Ministry provision comes because of the vision, not because of you, although you will be involved to share the vision
God did not design ministry and service for our own needs to be met, but to help meet the needs of others. We can unknowingly abuse ministry because we are using it for a purpose that God did not intend for it to be used for. We have to constantly check ourselves to ensure we are leading as God would have us.