Fool’s Gold – Part II

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There is an expression “worth your weight in gold.” This saying refers to someone or something that is valuable. How much is your weight in gold?

In ancient times, it was not uncommon for the king to sit in judgement of the people. He had unlimited powers over the lives and conditions of his citizens. His authority was not to be questioned nor amended. Unwillingly or willingly, the people were expected to serve the king. To do otherwise, could cost you your life; even the lives of your family.

Still, there were thousands who rose up in defiance of oppression because they believed that God sets the standard. Their belief was worth their weight in gold to them. Thousands became followers of Jesus the Christ. Thousands were executed because they chose to follow Jesus as their Savior. However, there were those who wanted to profit from Jesus’s teaching. They sought opportunities of leadership in the church and communities for their own self-interest. As it was then, so it is today. Jesus has a position on this type of leadership. They will be reckoned with on his terms. He left these words with us: “then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity,’ Luke 13: 26-27. They are not worth their weight in gold. They are fool’s gold.

When measured against God’s standard, their value is weighed down by deceitfulness and dishonor. To pass off their standards as that of God’s, is certainly foolishness; It is an abomination!

Personally, what is your weight in gold? Can your leadership be measured as a calling on your life that serves the honor of God? Does your leadership serve those whom God has supplanted in your life? Do you support leadership that operates in lies, venom, jealousy, or self-interest? Do your leaders lift up their distorted actions by suggesting that it is based on the Word of God? Is their leadership fool’s gold?

While you are concerned by your own leadership, you must be aware of those who lead you. Servant leaders can not allow their leadership to be tainted by fool’s gold. As a leader, it is your responsibility to examine ” Is my leadership worth the weight in gold?

Fool’s Gold – Part I

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The term “fool’s gold” is not an unfamiliar one. Fool’s gold has the appearance of real gold; it shines like gold but it is not the real deal. It is pyrite. As a servant leader, one will be expected to become as pure gold. Not because he or she is great, but because God is great. Job 23:10 says, “But He knows the way that I take; When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job’s experiences with God bought about that type of assurance. Matthew 5:8, “ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Scripturally, the servant leader must be refined as pure gold. Zechariah 13:9, “I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them…

Scientifically, companies treat metals in a furnace to separate pure gold from other precious metals. In the process, they add borax and soda ash to the melting metals. The result is a separation that brings forth the purest form of gold. The purest gold is then used to produce other products such as jewelry.
Although servant leaders find the “furnace” fiery and uncomfortable, there is something to be celebrated about the scourging (the affliction). First, the purest form of you will come through. Remember, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (the Hebrew boys) in the fiery furnace; they came through without the stench of fire (Daniel 3:13-23) because of who they served. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God (verse 25). Second, the spiritual connection with God is magnified. The evidence of survival will be on you. It will be that God did it – not man.

Allowing God to process you through is to allow Him to separate your impurities. The melting away of impurities will not define you but the glory of God will be magnified. To reject God’s refinement, is to reject His best for you. Leadership that is fool’s gold – is pyrite. It will sour those that one leads. It will cause stench. Not the real deal ordained by God.

Are You Leading or Taking a Walk?

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“Are you leading a parade or taking a walk?  This was just one of many statements that John Check proposed for food-for-thought.  Several points were expressed between these two community leaders as T. J. Walker, III sat for an interview by John of “Check It Out” (broadcasted by WHIG TV, a local community station in Rocky Mount, NC).  As an observer, I was inspired by:

  1. Old School versus New School – John is quite a bit older than T. J.,  yet, there was a mutual respect between two different generations.
  2. The interview agenda featured thoughts about social, racial and gender justice; decision-making; leadership focus; unity; and restoration.  What stood out was how they were able and willing to listen to one other, even if they did not agree in all of these subjects areas.
  3. There was an acknowledgement that leaders must recognize that we all are a work in-process.  Listening is important to leadership. Leading should inspire others to be their best. We should be evolving into what we are meant to do for the greater good.
  4.  Mr. Check emphasized that there is no room for hatred when Christ is in the heart.  This makes the difference in how people evaluate and change in their leadership.  Both Check and Walker are ministers; both look for bridging ways to bring “wholeness and healing” in the community.

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