I was reading Romans 12 and verse 8 struck. It is talking about leadership and those that lead should lead with diligence or zeal. I was curious about what this looks like and followed the cross reference to Acts 20:28. In Acts 20:28 I don't find a description of what leadership should look like, but the motivation for leadership. To provide a little context, Paul is exhorting the elders at the church of Ephesus and he says, "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. "
Why should I be diligent and zealous in my leadership over Laura or in any other leadership context, because of how much God prizes His people. We are so precious to Him that He paid the highest price. He sent His son to die for us, so this His blood could make us acceptable and bring us into relationship with Him. My motivation to lead diligently or with zeal isn't because those that I am leading are worthy or eager to get behind my leadership, but because God crushed His son for them. Because the lamb of God is worthy and was slain, I will lead in a manner worthy of the Gospel.
"I come by the blood
I come by the cross
Where your mercy flows from hands pierced for me
For I dare not stand on my righteousness
My every hope rests on what Christ has done
And I come by the blood"
"I come by the Blood," Steve and Vicki Cook