Summary: Faith by and far is the greatest leadership trait shown by men of good faith.
FOR JESUS’ LOVE 6
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (July 16, 2017)
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (St. John 21:15-17, King James Version [Christ’s charge to Peter]}
Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,
My sisters and brothers, faith leads us on to the promised land to receive the promise---that which was promised to us from God, to receive he whom was promised to deliver us from sin---letting faith be known as the greatest of all leadership traits among men and among the churches, which is beyond low expectations. For by faith, according to Hebrews our forefathers made it over. Remember the ole gospel song:
How I got over. How I got over, my Lord. My soul looked back in wonder. How I got over.
Apparently, God, we know was drawn to men because of what leadership traits they started out with, fundamentally speaking the men of faith that God chose stood on love of Jesus, goodly choice young man---tallest of all men, integrity, goodly and proper, blessed, and power. For King David also was goodly to look to, ruddy with a beautiful countenance (I Samuel 16:12, KJV [Samuel anointed David]).
With that said, just as men of faith started out with leadership traits that led them to become strong men of faith, for Jesus spoke to the people, the parable of the sower--- to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom of God, for Jesus is the seed which fell according to St. Luke 8:8, “And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold.’ How is this so? Further to, the Word spoke, “But that on the good ground are they, which is an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.’ [8:15]. For men of faith stood in good ground so that the seed---Jesus---was sowed in them to bring forth fruit---for the men of faith had an honest and a good heart [8:15] and the church according to Paul in his writings to the Corinthians spoke of what was expected of the church of Macedonia when Titus arrived that in their great struggle the abundance of their joy and the deep poverty where they found themselves would abound to riches of their own generosity (II Corinthians 8:2, KJV [Liberality and thanksgiving]. In the deep south, in the United States of America
, there is an old saying of “pull yourselves up by your boot straps.”
Most importantly, Jesus expectations were not low, for when the seed fell---it fell also on good ground and of that good ground where it fell was and still is expected to be an honest and a good heart, to yield fruit an hundredfold. Jesus was not of the stay in your place. Keep them in their place---low expectations---survival of the fittest. Get in where you can fit in. Fit in where you can get in---sort of thinking type of folk, for he was Godly, power with God and power with men. Jesus believed all things were possible. For out of the mouth is life and death and a man must believe that his salvation, his deliverance is in him, for Jesus, the seed, is in him and Jesus the seed that is sowed in him is his Savior---his deliverer. And has promised him life everlasting, more than what God gave man in the beginning, “…an hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3, KJV) and more than what Moses gave them in Psalms 90:10, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten…” Now, God was drawn to King Saul for his goodly and tall man leadership traits but when he outright disobeyed his instructions for battle he no longer looked upon his goodly and tall man leadership traits as truth for reigning over Israel as King: “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7, KJV)