Dr. Prateep V. Philip, IPS is currently with the Tamil Nadu Police. Hailing from Bangalore, he is a dynamic and honest police officer with a testimony that is extremely powerful. Dr. Philip pioneered the internationally acclaimed Friends of Police movement that has been accepted as an international blue print for Community Policing. In recognition of his work, Dr. Philip was awarded the inaugural British Gurukul Scholarship for Excellence and Leadership (1997) for a multidisciplinary study of management at the London School of Economics. He is a regular blogger, who in spite of his busy schedule has committed to write at least 10,000 blogs. He does this daily by selecting a Bible verse and shedding his thoughts on it.
The Leadership Mantle
And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: Deuteronomy 28:13
Headship or leadership is due to what the Lord accomplishes in and through us. It comes as a blessing for our devotion to Him. Devotion to God is synonymous with diligence in reading, remembering, meditating, applying or obeying His word. The obedience is not just something that happened in our past but a daily heeding to the Word. The promise follows such daily application of the principles of the Word in our lives- we shall excel in all that we do. We will exceed expectations.
To observe His commands is to serve Him. He then pours His grace on us so that we can lead others through service. Jesus Himself came to be the head of all humanity by His diligence in knowing, understanding and obeying the Word even the hard parts that related to His allowing Himself to be put to a cruel death for the sake of all. Hence, headship or leadership does not mean a life of privilege or success as the world understands it. Our lives will not be in vain but it will fulfil the purpose for which we are created and sustained by the Lord. We may not be Very Important Persons but we will certainly be Very Significant Persons.
Diligence with the word does not mean only studying it but in doing or carrying it out in practical ways in our lives. It is not a theoretical or theological or head knowledge that we are called by this uni-verse to possess but a ‘heart knowledge’- a love for the Word since it comes from the Lord. The word transforms us from within like nothing else can. The top that the word refers to is not in terms of position or power but that we will be a “Tabernacle of Peace”(ToP), a servant of the Prince of Peace, Jesus. We will experience Shalom or multi-dimensional, comprehensive and holistic peace all the days of our lives. We may have ups and downs, highs and lows in our days and in our lives, we may go through thick and thin but through the various circumstances, such complete, incomprehensible peace will be our concomitant or constant companion.
Prateep V Philip