LONELINESS BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
8th July 2019
READ: Matthew 26:36-56
“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.” – 2 Timothy 4:16
Loneliness is the way of all leaders. They often have no one to share their problems with. They cannot voice their fears openly.
Any honest leader will tell you about real fears that ravage his mind on a daily basis. The very nature of leadership makes you a lonely person. To be a leader means to be ahead of the crowd. Many decisions are left to them. They have no one to help them when it comes to certain things.
Who can the leader speak to about his marital problems? Who would understand that the pastor also has a problem? No one! This is what makes leaders lonely. Leaders must fellowship with other leaders. All they have is each other. When a leader comes up with a new vision, old friends often back off. Once again, the leader is left all alone.
When the Lord was sending a message to the churches in Asia, the message was sent to the leaders of the churches. Leaders are often alone when they hear God speaking to them. The Bible tells us how Moses went up into the mountain and waited on God for forty days and forty nights. Jesus, for instance, experienced loneliness often. He prayed alone in the garden of Gethsemane whilst everyone slept. He went to the cross alone whilst everyone ran away.
The word “consecration” means “to be set apart”. If you have been consecrated as a leader, it means that you have been set apart in many ways. That is the responsibility of a leader.