Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Leader or People Pleaser?

Luke 23:23 (NIV)
"But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. "

True leaders base their decisions on the principles that guide their organization and their personal morals. That is what Pilate should have done. He had previously informed the people that he found no reason to sentence Jesus to the death penalty. Yet, the more they shouted the more he caved. In the end, the voice of truth was overpowered by the shout of the crowd.

As a leader, there will be many opportunities to cave under the pressure of the opinions and demands of those whom you are supposed to be leading. However, when you cave to every desire of the crowd, you cease to be a leader and they in turn begin to lead you. It is in these times, when the shout of the crowd is loud and the demands are strong that true leadership must emerge.

Will you be willing to make the tough calls, the right calls or will the innate desire to please those around you win out? Will you be a principle-based leader or will you be just another people pleaser?

What do you have to say?


  1. Many would probably think I should be "further" along in ministry than where I am. But, I have pleased God and not man. I lay my head down at night and sleep like a baby. I am blessed because I have followed the voice from heaven and not the voice of me. Good post Pastor Chuck.

  2. Thanks Bishop! It's our nature to want everyone to be pleased with all of our decisions but it isn't practical. I would rather please God every day of the week!