Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Humble Art of Contrition.
1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Good leaders can only come from good followers. Nobody appreciates "educated idiots," those who come right out of some school and, because of a sheepskin, get to be the boss on their first day at work. Rather, people respect the one who comes up through the ranks, earning his or her lumps.
The one who knows both how to be abased and how to be exalted is deserving of his position because he first paid his dues, respected his superiors and submitted to authority and learned how to lead.
The best training for leadership is good "followship." Submission is key to this education. Submission when you don't feel like it. Submission when what the leader says doesn't make sense. Submission when you don't agree.
It is only reasonable that the younger submit to the elder, that we each practice submission to one another and mostly, that we submit ourselves under the mighty hand of God.