Jeremiah 12 verse 10 is a challenge to anyone who is in any position of leadership and/or influence. It says:
10 “Many rulers have destroyed My vineyard,
They have trodden My portion underfoot;
They have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
This scripture raises some important questions to reflect on. Whether or not we destroy God’s vineyard (those under our influence), treading it underfoot, making it a wilderness, depends on how we relate to it, why and how we serve it.
Do we serve it for our own ends, our good, or its good? In other words, are we in the position we are in, or influencing others for ourselves, or for the good of those under us and our influence ?
If we have a position, do we use it as a platform for self-promotion or a footstool to serve, to wash other peoples’ feet ? Are we in the position to take or give ?
In terms of those we lead or those under our influence, do we use them or serve them ?
If we serve, influence others, for our own ends, our good, ourselves, using a position as a platform to promote ourselves and our agenda, taking rather than giving. If we use people rather than serve them, all these things cause us to hurt those we lead and influence, to destroy God’s vineyard, tread it underfoot, making it a wilderness.
Some important questions if we lead or influence others in any way.