A kingdom leader has the courage to recover when he makes a mistake. Despite danger to his position he will have the wisdom to face issues that can be personally damaging. A quality leader will dare to defy those who seek to direct events, influence people and control authority.
Joseph of Arimathea was a prominent member of the Sanhedrin that was present when the group voted to crucify Jesus. Apparently he did not speak out against the discussion or decision. Luke tells us that Joseph did not agree with the decision. John tells us that he was a secret disciple of Jesus because he was afraid of the Jews. He recovered from his mistake and had the courage to go boldly to Pilate for the body of Jesus. Do you see your mistakes? Do you have enough courage to face your failures? Do you have the ability to recover from your mistakes?
Mark 15:43 says, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the Kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.1
We pray that God will increase your wisdom and justice.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Mark 15:43
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.