How many leaders worship? Do leaders worship Almighty God? Is praise and worship part of leadership in these present days? These are not unimportant or irrelevant questions.
If we had leaders who followed Jesus Christ and who worshipped God we might not be in the totally dreadful mess in which we find ourselves today where there is such pain and suffering and deprivation. If that happened, we would not be in the pathetic state in which we find ourselves and neither would there be so many people hurting and weeping and homeless.
Sin causes such havoc and misery.
Over these past weeks and months I have given myself to reading and studying and researching the book of Revelation, and these conclusions flow and emerge.
When we come to Revelation Chapter 16, we are reading of that song of praise in heaven, and it arises from the singing of saints who had overcome and who had refused to compromise, and where we read of that majestic picture of the Lord God almighty and the angels.
It is all so beautiful and powerful and wonderful, and yet, the theme of these verses to which we come is that of plagues coming upon the world, and it is because the world deserves it.
God is just and you cannot get around Him, and you cannot run away from Him.
Jesus Christ is righteous and you cannot bribe Him – not even with prayers.
The angels who carry out God’s judgments are clothed in pure white linen.
This is nothing other than pure sinless divine wrath, and not like our anger which can be mixed with sin and selfishness and pride.
God sees the truth and he sees the whole truth and He sees nothing but the truth.
Are leaders aware of this reality no matter in what field they lead? We can apply this to government and economics and finance and morality and education. We need pretty powerful leaders in each of these areas of life and in every area of life, and we need to remember that leaders make leaders.
Good leaders can make good leaders and bad leaders can cause bad sad leadership to appear.
We read that no-one could enter the Temple to pray that the plagues might be stopped. Moses was able to do that in Egypt when it was time for one plague to cease. Moses went to God and pleaded and prayed, but this time, God’s Anger is about to boil over, and no man, and no saint, and no disciple, and no apostle, can stop Almighty God from doing what God has decided to do.
Now, that Jesus Christ should reveal all this to us is amazing. Let this encourage you. Jesus gives us visions to minister to His people, and to build us up, and to enlighten us, that we might become stronger in the faith.
We have read of the seven seals. They are the written promises of God, of how God is going to judge this wicked world, and of how Jesus is going to wind everything up. These promises had been sealed, and we have read of their unsealing, but not only will they be unsealed, but they will be unleashed.
This is why it is important that leaders turn to the Word of God so that they may know what is about to happen. Some say that because this has not happened it will never happen. That is not true. That is a lie of the enemy.
If you are a leader it does not matter in what area of life you lead but be a follower of Jesus Christ and a disciple of Jesus Christ and worship Almighty God, and seek to share your faith whenever you can.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
By Sandy Shaw