Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart (Ephesians 5:19, ESV)
For years, I enjoyed substitute teaching for music instructors. One day, I was assigned an intermediate band class. I got to the room early and looked over the teacher’s book. As a pianist and guitarist, I knew how to read music for one instrument at a time. Interpreting the conductor’s score for a dozen instruments at once was daunting. I needed a plan.
When students arrived, they warmed up on their instruments. Children with flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and drums played bits and snatches of songs. I got an idea. I borrowed a flutist’s book. With a glance, I was relieved to see that the flute carried the melody. And with the melody, I was able to lead the band with the overall rhythm, dynamics, and tempo.
In the same way, when we pour our efforts into a church or organization, confusion sometimes happens when we try to “read” many different courses of action at once. But Christ calls us to focus on one thing alone: His will. When we direct our attention to one simple melody—His—we lead as Jesus leads by loving as Jesus loves.
Heavenly Father, show us how to demonstrate godly leadership as we set the tone for others to follow.
How are you demonstrating godly leadership today?