Often, people who find themselves in positions of authority by virtue of opportunity or even by sheer chance assume larger than life status. They view themselves as being incapable of making mistakes. As far as they are concerned, they are infallible. In fact they are God’s instructors. In other words, God cannot do anything except He takes instructions from them.
However, operating in life and relating with other people with such an assumption is an error, a trespass. To trespass means making an incursion into an area you do not have authority over. A lot of us assume what we are not to an extent that we sometimes usurp God’s authority. We arrogate the powers which only God Himself has the right to exercise. To help us watch against this satanic attitude, we must note the following:
- You are not the leader of that group because you are better than everybody you are leading.
- You are not the leader because you are more intelligent or better educated than all those you are leading.
- The fact that you are leading does not mean you are incapable of making mistakes.
- You cannot compel everybody in your followership to swallow every word of yours as an eternal truth. They reserve the right to verify the verity of what you say. It is scriptural (Acts 17:11).
- As a leader, you must empathise with the people you lead (Gal. 6:1). Lift up the fallen and strengthen the weak in the spirit of meekness.
God’s word advocates humility and meekness. Therefore, when given opportunity to lead, by chance or by merit, God says “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” (Phil. 2:5-9).
Playing god and claiming infallibility is a graduated offshoot of pride. The scriptures say God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Resist the temptation to claim infallibility, let God lift you up in due season.