The Bible is a wealth of leadership wisdom. There are also Bible verses about leadership that should scare leaders. There are Scripture verses that encourage leaders.
These scary Bible verses are rarely talked about. They’re kept under wraps and ignored by most.
I’ve even swept the troublesome Bible verses under the rug and shared encouraging Bible verses for leaders with you, my readers.
This is a mistake. The Bible has clear warnings for leaders. If we ignore these challenging Bible verses, us leaders are in deep trouble.
Today, I want to pull back the veil and share the Bible verses that should make leaders nervous. Are you ready for this?
1. Acts 20:28
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
Our flock may not be a church congregation, but it may be a team of hard workers on the shop floor or a group of volunteers working within the church.
These people are our responsibility. God has tasked us with being overseers of those we lead.
Even more so, God has paid a price for these people. He paid with the blood of His son.
We’re leading some pretty valuable people. Don’t neglect this post you’ve been given.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
Why is John 3:30 a scary Bible verse for leaders? Because it’s telling us that leadership and our lives aren’t all about ourselves. There’s a higher purpose to life, and that’s to the ONE we should be modeling our lives after.
It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness.
This verse is telling us that, as leaders, we especially need to be aware of our actions. If we’re leading with wickedness, we’re committing an abomination.
Lead with righteousness and our position is established.
How are you leading?
Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it springs all life.
At first glance, this Bible verse is benign. There’s nothing scary about it.
That is until you begin to study the Bible verse.
We discover our heart is the wellspring of life. Now, whether that life is good or bad, that depends on what you put into your heart.
Are you putting good things into your heart or are you filling it with bad things? The choice is yours.
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
I think Matthew 18:6 may be the scariest Bible verse of all for leaders. While this is describing what happens to those who lead children astray, this easily applies to leadership as well.
As leaders, you are responsible for those you lead. These people are looking to you for guidance, like little children.
We have a responsibility to lead and to lead well. We can’t take our leadership lightly.
Realize your position as a leader isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ve got a great responsibility to lead rightly.
There you have it. This is my list of the five scariest Bible verses for leaders.
The Bible lays down the law when it comes to leading. We have a responsibility, and we’ve got to be aware of that responsibility.