Is busyness a cause for concern in the church? Stop and listen just for a few minutes. Let’s put away all the temporally satisfying things that fill mere hours, rather than vast eternity, and hear the word of the Lord spoken through Haggai to the people of God. This is what He says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored. …You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why? …Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands” (Haggai 1:7-11)
Leadership in today’s culture is widely in want. When children first go to school, leadership is a desired attribute. Parents glow when the teacher says, “Little Johnny is such a leader in the classroom. His classmates really listen and follow what he does.” The parents might be thinking of all the grand things Johnny will do later on. For now, he’s only five years old!
Why is there such a hunger for leadership, and how do we measure it, especially when it comes to the church leadership?