Our spiritual leaders mean so much to us, so it makes sense that we rely on them so much. But the deep respect we have for them can lead to us having many misconceptions about our church leaders. Our respect for our spiritual leaders can even lead us to hide behind them. Here are 5 common assumptions we make about our spiritual leaders, that we need to stop immediately.
1. We need to stop believing our spiritual leaders are perfect.
Jesus is the only perfect person to ever walked on Earth. The same way we know that we can’t be perfect, we have to realize that out spiritual leaders can’t be perfect either. We can’t place them on an alter and believe that they will never fail. Our leaders are human and they will fail us at times. They will do things that we find offensive. They will always fall short of the value we place on them. So at the end of the day we will be disappointed and may end up resenting the leaders God placed in our lives.
2. We need to stop believing our spiritual leaders are Super Christians.
What is a Super Christian?…. That is someone who gets everything right in the Christian faith ….. And that person is not our leaders. Earlier I said that our leaders aren’t perfect, so that means they can’t be Super Christians. They can’t do everything. They try their best, but they are still limited by their humanity.
3. We need to stop believing that our spiritual leaders have all the answers.
Simply, they don’t. There is no way that they have an answer for every single question you may have. You have to be willing to accept that they don’t know everything. It’s ok that when someone asks them a difficult question they respond with “I don’t know” because that gives them the opportunity to find out the answer. Not knowing everything allows them, and us, to grow in our faith.
4. We need to stop believing that God will listen to our spiritual leaders before he listens to us.
Many times I’ve heard people say they want their church leaders to be the ones who go to God on their behalf because their prayers are more powerful. God has no favorites so it doesn’t make sense to believe that one person’s prayer is more pleasing to God than another. God wants to hear from us individually. And he is always listening for us to call out to him.
5. We need to stop believing that our spiritual leaders have to listen and fix our problems.
That is not their role. The purpose of our spiritual leaders is to help us grow. They are not Bob the Builder and they can’t fix it all. Only God can fix the brokenness in our lives, but he sometimes works through others. That’s why we may believe that our leaders are able to fix the issues in our lives. Our leaders have their lives and their own issues, and they have to guard their hearts and not take on our problems. They are not obligated to listen to everything we say, they do it because they want to. But if we rely on their advice too much then we won’t go to God, and will soon make our leaders the god of our lives.