We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
I love that the Bible speaks so much about the gift of leadership.
In this passage, the simple directive is to “govern diligently.”
I heard Andy Stanley speak about this once and his interpretation of what it means to govern diligently is to “lean all of your weight into it.”
To be diligent is to be:
Leadership is all or nothing.
It’s being faithful.
It’s being consistent on the hard days as well as the not-so-difficult ones.
To govern diligently requires a depth of character that comes from a life solidly rooted in your relationship with God overflowing in the confidence to lead.
What does governing diligently mean to you?