Don't Be a Peacock - Be a Leader

Don’t get me wrong - they’re gorgeous creatures.  The world needs peacocks (thank you Ms. America & Ryan Seacrest).  Peacocks are wonderful, beautiful, useless creatures.  They can’t fly, you’re really not even supposed to eat them, and their “call?”  …it’s terrible.

Unfortunately, some people consider themselves to be leaders,  but they’re really just a bunch of peacocks.  They screech at people and puff themselves up…but no one takes them seriously.  So what makes the difference?  What takes a person from being a critic in someone’s life to a true agent of change?  The Bible has the answer.

From My Devotion
1 Corinthians 9

Paul spends the majority of his letter giving words of strong rebuke to the Corinthians.  In chapter 9, he establishes the platform he has to speak into their lives.  A leader without a platform is a, well…a peacock.  

Paul bases his platform on two different things:  his position and his passion.  First, Paul establishes himself as an aposte of the Lord.  This is a God-given leadership role.  Paul goes on explain that this isn’t an office he sought for himself - it is one that was impressed upon him.  In fact, this portion of Paul’s letter holds one of scriptures best passages for those who feel called to the ministry.  1 Corinthians 9:16 - For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!

The feeling Paul is emphasizing is that his platform was never claimed, it was received.  Paul is going to be held accountable for what he does with his influence for the glory of God.  (so will every leader).  Because of that, Paul has to speak up when he sees things going wrong.  

The second thing Paul talks about is his passion.  Specifically, his passion for the Corinthians.  In no uncertain terms, Paul reminds the Corinthian church that it is because of his love and ministry that they even heard about Christ in the first place.  Paul paid the price to rebuke the Corinthians.  Too many “puffed up” leaders peacocks want to go around rebuking people…but they have no right.  And no one will ever listen.  

A peacock squalks.  A leader receives his/her call.  A leader pays the price.  A leader does the hard things.  A leader changes the world.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.