Gifts 8

“Leading” is the sixth gift.  Paul writes that those who lead should do it with diligence or zeal.  A leader cares for others by providing instruction (1 Thessalonians 5:12,13).  Jesus gives a good description of His own leadership in John 10:1-18.  Leadership is to be carried out with zeal.  Josephus uses this word in reference to one who is willing to “exert oneself, to be concerned, to show interest, to intercede for someone.”  Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament says it is an “actualizing of his saved position; a fulfilling of what grace has opened up for him.”  Immediately following the list gifts in Romans 12:6-8, Paul says in verse 11 “not lagging behind in diligence.”  In 2 Corinthians 7:11 Paul praises the Christians for their zeal.  Jesus indicates in Luke 22:26 that the best leader is one who serves.  He demonstrates this when He washes the feet of the apostles in John 13:1-17.

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