4. There Is a Spiritual Cost.
The more influential you become as a leader, the greater the intensity of spiritual attack on your life.
(By the way … I’ve had shots taken at me for saying this, but it’s true. I’ve experienced it personally … and in the Scriptures, we see in Acts 19 a demon literally having a conversation with seven guys … he tells them he knows Jesus and has heard about Paul, probably because he was causing such a disturbance, but then he tells the guys that he hadn’t even heard about them!!! Like it or not … the enemy doesn’t pursue everyone with the same intensity.)
You will experience spiritual warfare. You will encounter temptation on a level that is greater than anything you could imagine. You have to be willing to fight the fight and pay the price if you want to be a godly leader.
5. There Is a Personal Cost
All of the things listed above come around to this … there IS a personal cost when it comes to leadership. It will NEVER cease to affect you.
Jesus knew this when He was in the garden, and yet He still fully surrendered to the Father and went to the cross.
Galatians 6:9 is a promise we should take to heart as leaders. Do not give up … do not throw in the towel. At times, the price is incredibly high … but none of us has been asked to pay the price that the ONE we say we follow had to pay! His assignment was MUCH tougher than ours … and it brought Him joy to fulfill it.
So … let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and keep doing exactly what He has called us to do, knowing that He is with us, has equipped us, empowered us, and that II Corinthians 4:7 is as true today as it was when Paul wrote it!
DON’T GIVE UP!!!