To grow and walk in greatness, we must learn to not only interface with ‘gold and silver’, but also with broken and dishonorable ‘wood and clay’.
“If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
~ 2 Timothy 2:21
A wise leader would normally avoid ‘Oh Yes’ men—people who unquestioningly follow his instructions without any form of resistance or challenge. The reason for this is simple: no human is perfect; no human knows it all; no human has the infinite breath of experience and capabilities to execute flawlessly in every circumstance.
A wise leader, therefore, would hierarchise his followers on the basis of multiple qualities such as, loyalty, character, and competence.
What if the Leader were All-Knowing, All-Powerful, and Ever-Present? What if the Leader were flawless in knowledge and judgement, and infinitely talented and competent enough to do all things? What would be His ultimate requirement in a follower?
Then, the character and competence of the follower would become completely irrelevant to the Leader’s agenda. After all, the Leader knows everything, is beyond mistakes, and can do all things.
In this case, the only thing that would matter to the Leader would be the ability of the follower to pose zero resistance or challenge to His will; in other words, the follower’s absolute and unquestioning loyalty—a blank slate on which the Leader could write or erase anything at will.
Now, dear consecrated one, please ponder this carefully…
As far as God goes, your morality, reputation, and competence are worthless filthy rags. What matters to Him—and thus determines your position in His supreme hierarchy— is this:
A purified heart—that is, an undivided allegiance to Jesus Christ; a wholehearted devotion and submission to God.
And that, my beloved, is the most esteemed virtue among the consecrated ones: it is the ultimate value in our culture.
Great people are able to rise above their personal suffering and still continue to help other people.