A truly Christlike leader will demonstrate the same fire and intensity that Jesus displayed. Wholeheartedness and zeal are the outgrowths of a love that burns in the leader’s heart. From there it spreads to the hearts and lives of others, who catch the flame of that spirit. Some feel that the leader should play it “cool” lest he frighten off some people. This is not so. If the leader plays a man’s game, then men will come to play. The first commandment is still in the book: “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” (Mark 12:29-30)
The second thing to observe in the life of Hezekiah was his single-mindedness. He got right at the main job and stuck with it. “He, in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them. And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, and said unto them, ‘Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the Holy Place.’” (2 Chronicles 29;3-5) He was not sidetracked by overwhelming odds, ridicule or opposition.
Three biblical writers give us reasons for single-mindedness. Peter says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10) Everything in this world is temporal and transient. Two things transcend this world and will last throughout eternity: the Word of God and the souls of men. When the leader gives himself to these, he is locked on eternal values. The things of the world clamor for his attention, but he keeps his eyes single to the things that last.
A second reason for being singleminded is suggested by the words of James, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow, for what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) Life is too short to be wasted. When a person sees this truth, it helps him remain on track despite the incessant bombardment of the world seeking to turn him aside, to get his eyes off Jesus. The Word of God tells us where to look: “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God: (Hebrews 12:1-2)
The third reason for single-mindedness is stated by Paul, “Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, lovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) When we are following the straight and narrow path with our eyes on Jesus, we have the assurance that what we are doing is worth something. What a thrill it is for the leader to know that while multitudes are throwing their lives away in worthless activities his service for Christ counts for eternity.
Milton Eder continues, even at the age of 90, to serve his Lord and Savior. He, along with his wife Leora, minister to folks at Christ’s Home Retirement Center. He is fond of saying that he isn’t retired yet – God still has things for him to do. Milton has served in various ministry positions from farming, counseling, pastoring, houseparenting at Christ’s Home for Children to Prairie Bible Instiute and more.