I think some of the greatest warfare for apostolic leaders is with our Egos. The dictionary defines ‘ego’ as conceit; self-importance, the ‘I’ or self of a person.” We could describe it as arrogance or an attitude of superiority.
The ego is often tested after a victory, or a series of successful events when a lot of praise is poured on a leader. How personal praise is managed is one of the greatest tests a apostolicleader must contend with.
Like many attitudes that we must change to be conformed into God’s image, we need to look honestly at ourselves and ask the Lord and leaders we trust: ‘Do you think I am egotistical or arrogant?’ Those who truly care about our success will be honest with us and help us become conformed into God’s image - humble like Jesus.
The beginning of humility is when you realize how much you need God and you are not caught up in how ‘wonderful’ you are!
Luke 14:10-12 tells us how Jesus taught his disciples.
“When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice: “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!
“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Leaders must be the opposite of arrogant, egotistical, and self-important – they must be humble. Peter reminds us, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time… “(1 Peter 5:6).
Now be encouraged in the fight to become Humble for “True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life” (Proverbs 22:4).
Building together with Him and you,
John P. Kelly