These first weeks of the Season after Pentecost focus on leadership. Pastors and other church leaders are leading in politically and socially uncertain times. Leading God’s people is controversial and complicated. This week’s scripture readings are an encouragement for empowering authentic leadership.
A psalmist puts trust in God, praising God for standing with and on behalf of the oppressed, Paul teaches us to persevere in faith even through times of trial and difficulty, Jesus brings calm to a storm with words of peace, and David discards Saul’s armor and stands before Goliath as his authentic self.
Where and in what situations are you, individually and as the church, called to be an authentic-self leader for God?
When we feel threatened, attacked, or bullied, scripture reminds us that with trust and faith in god and the example of Jesus, we have the tools to defuse these challenges.
This week, imagine ways you will use the gifts of God to diffuse a difficult situation.