You’ve heard of being green with envy, but how about being godly with envy? When it comes to Christian leadership, jealousy is a very important thing – not to avoid, but to cultivate. There is a jealousy every pastor, elder and deacon should have, or something is wrong. Seriously wrong. Pastors, elders and deacons, pay attention:

“For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his running, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 (ESV)

The goal of every Christian leader must be sincere and pure devotion to Christ. A close second, which comes as a byproduct, is to lead others toward the same. If we are not leading people toward sincere and pure devotion to Jesus Christ, we’re leading them astray.

If you’re a pastor, elder or deacon and you are not experiencing a divine jealousy for the people under your care, there’s a good chance you’ve strayed from sincere and pure devotion to the God you may want others to follow. In other words, you may be an unintentional hypocrite. Ouch. The irony of ministry is that many of us want people to follow the God we aren’t ourselves following.

Remember, leadership happens in the overflow. People cannot follow where you aren’t trotting. Be jealous for the people under your watch, making sure they understand the importance of sincere and pure devotion to Christ, and know how to pursue Him with unpolluted passion. But don’t be a hypocrite in the process. Remember, God is also jealous for you.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

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Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact
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