A Higher Price to Pay

High Examples

There are certain job positions where your life speaks beyond that position title. In my experience, working with a ministry in a church is such a position. It goes beyond a title; it is an outpouring of your life. It would be hard to be a good minister, if you were unfaithful to your wife, for example. Certain expectations are to be met in order to fulfill the position adequately.


In Hosea 4, God states that He “will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go apart with harlots, and offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot. Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled.” The husbands and fathers were to take lead in setting up expectations of morality for their families and those around them. Many had relations with prostitutes, which went against what God had commanded them. Therefore, these men were going to take a greater punishment for leading their families in a direction away from God.

Price of Leadership

When we take on a role in which we are teaching or leading spiritually for younger and other believers, we are held to a stricter punishment when we go against God. James 3: 1 states that “let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” When you teach God’s Word, it is a serious position to hold. It should not be approached lightly.

In both scriptures, the responsibility typically refers to the teaching and preaching calls that are held by men. With that being said, when women teach other women, this principle should still apply. When giving teachings from the Bible, it has an awesome responsibility that comes with the call. Our lives are magnified with the Word through the eyes of others. Our dark secrets will definitely come to light if we do not live in constant check against the Word of God. We are to be constant, bright examples of light, not just a tiny spark when others are around. Consistency with the Word should be of the utmost importance in our lives when we live as an example for others.

If you are in such a role as described above, constantly keep a check on your life. Make sure that you are living in a way that Christ can be easily identified in you. If not, you will definitely have a high price to pay when you have to answer before God.

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One thought on “A Higher Price to Pay

  1. I agree with you 100%. Leaders are judged more severely. I think it would be impossible to keep a standard of righteousness if you didn’t have close friends with whom you can confess sin and stay in the light, and who are not afraid to challenge you on what they see.

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