Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
God wants every believer to grow spiritually and become like Jesus. Spiritual growth is not automatic. It does not just happen once we are saved. It requires commitment and effort. We have to want to, decide to, and make an effort to grow. Grace not only saves us but sanctifies and transforms us into Christ-likeness in our character and actions. The power to change us is from God but the will to change comes from us.
Becoming like Jesus is the result of the commitments we make. We become whatever we are committed to. Thank God it is not just up to us alone because God, aside from giving us the Holy Spirit within us, has put leadership over us in our lives. Ephesians 4:8 tells us when Jesus ascended, “… He gave gifts unto men” which in effect are to help us grow. They are free gifts to help us grow as Ephesians 4:11-14 says, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. There is a measure of God’s grace that He planned for us to receive from them. Grace is Heaven’s help, enabling power, and strength.
We can tend to be very subjective about things and view all our ways as right in our own eyes (Proverb 21:2). Subjective means having a perspective influenced by inner feelings, beliefs, and opinions that may be true or false that enters into our decision making and judgment. Leadership in our life helps us stay more objective about ourselves, others, and life because it places an objective voice in our life. An objective perspective is not influenced by inward feelings and opinions but based on measureable, observable, and factual things that can be confirmed. Subjective things are from within the subject (person) observable by them; objective things are from outside the subject (person) and observable by others. Proverb 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”
Some have recently taught that Christians should unhitch or jettison their faith from the Old Testament but it was written for our example, learning, and admonition (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11). One such admonition or warning is the danger of no leadership. In the book of Judges 21:25 it says, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” This phrase is commonly repeated throughout the book, “… every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25). Without leadership, no central rule, and no one leading them, they were driven from their promised land. The lesson was God planned their entry into the Promised Land of their destiny under leadership yet they tried to live without it.
The result was they were driven out of their destiny several times requiring God to have to raise up judges who were Divinely appointed leaders to help bring them back in. Without leadership they experienced several cycles of defeat in the land instead of the victory and conquest God planned. If you aren’t a leader do you have a leader and do they know it?