Leadership is not only sacrifice. Leadership is not only responsibility. Leadership also goes along with certain privileges and blessings. A leader must be a humble person but he must also be confident.
'There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler. Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low places. I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.' (Ecclesiastes 10:5-7)
The Bible teaches that it is foolishness when a leader refuses to sit in the appropriate place reserved for him. When it is time to take your privileges, you had better take them or you will be considered a fool.
When Princes Must Sit on Horses
There is a time when princes must sit on horses and servants must walk upon the earth.
'I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.' (Ecclesiastes
Do not be shy to earn money for all the hard work you put in. A leader works hard and deserves to be paid well. For instance, the Bible teaches that they that preach the gospel must live off the gospel.
Sowing Without Reaping
'The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.'
(2 Timothy 2:6)
A leader must know when it is time to take his place and enjoy his benefits. It is a mistake to refuse your privileges and blessings when it is your turn to have them. I didn't call it a mistake, the Bible did. The Bible calls it the error that proceedeth from a ruler.
When Princes Eat in the Morning
Some nations have had leaders who begin their rule by drinking the lifeblood of the nation.
Before a nation can blink, the leaders have siphoned everything. This is what the Bible calls 'princes eating in the morning'. The prince represents the leader and the morning represents the wrong time.
'Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning.
Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness.'
(Ecclesiastes 10:16, 17)
Dear friend, when a nation or church has an opportunist at the helm of affairs, get ready for frustration and poverty.
When Princes Eat in Due Season
Privileges become blessings only when they come at the right time. When they come too soon, everything is destroyed. Some people buy cars that they cannot even afford to maintain. Someone once said, 'Don't buy a car unless you can afford to maintain three of the same thing.' Some people live in houses that they cannot afford to maintain. Why worry yourself? Why do you try to impress people? Be yourself and do not rush to possess certain privileges.
'He hath made everything beautiful in his time…' (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
Beauty is only beauty within the context of the 'right time'. Have you ever noticed that when you look at pictures taken twenty years ago, you often look odd? Why is this? Because they have been taken out of their 'time'.
Everyone is happy when a married woman gets pregnant. It is a blessing to be pregnant.
However, when an unmarried teenager becomes pregnant, we are not happy. Why is this?
Because the pregnancy has been taken out of its context of the 'right time'.
Are you a leader or a hungry vampire? Wait patiently to take your privileges at the right time. Do not rush; you will only destroy yourself, your business, your church or your nation.
Do not kill the hen that lays your golden eggs. Keep it alive so that it can lay golden eggs for you for many more years.
Indeed, leaders ought to take their privileges at the right time and for the right reasons.
By Dag Heward-Mills