A Deeper Walk
In Washington, D.C.’s Judiciary Square, there is a statue of Albert Pike, the early American journalist and lawyer. The inscription on the statue quotes Pike when he wrote, “What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us. What we have done for others and for the world, remains and is immortal.”
I have often thought of these words when thinking about the church leaders who have influenced my life over the years. Sunday school teachers, bandmasters, and Salvation Army officers—each is an example of what it means to be used by God in leading people into a deeper understanding of His grace and mercy.
The prime purpose of each leader in our corps is to lead people into a deeper walk with Jesus. Proverbs 11:14 (NASB) states, “Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors, there is victory.” Hence, the critical nature of insuring that Salvation Army leaders are well equipped and skilled for their leadership roles could never be overstated. Their handprint on the people they lead serves as a reflection of the very hand print of God.
God needs leaders who enthusiastically embrace their role and seek ways to hone effective leadership skills. Even King David is described in Psalm 78:72 as leading with “… integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”
May each Salvation Army leader, no matter what position he or she occupies, be challenged to “Study to show yourself approved …” (2 Timothy 2:15, MEV).
— Colonel Kenneth O. Johnson