As a leader, a question needs to be answered. What is the real payoff for our leadership?
There are several answers, but here is a thought.
The real payoff comes when the lives of followers change. This is what our leadership is all about. We are trying to change lives, eternally.
When we examine the work of Jesus at the cross, the payoff is witnessed in the lives changed around the world.
Spiritual leadership is not about seeking fame, popularity, and wealth. The payoff is summed up in the people who will see heaven because of our leadership.
Change challenges us to our core, regardless of age. Anytime we encounter something different it makes us uncomfortable.
Bill Thrall made this amazing statement, “The only difference between a rut and a grave is the length.”
The quote should move us to realize we need to constantly learn, grow, and make the kind of changes to improve.
We must avoid our ruts, doing the same thing in the same way at the same time simply because we do not like change.
We need to rethink. If we stop growing and learning, what is the difference between the rut and the grave?
Do we ever consider the far reaching nature of our influence on a global level?
The influence of one person can move a nation, lead an army, direct a revolution, carve out a place in history, or change the life of one person.
Too often we underestimate what can be done with our influence on one person.
Instead of thinking how we can start a worldwide revolution, think about changing the life of one person. Who knows how God might work through the one we influence to make a global difference.
Perhaps we need to start with opening the door of opportunity.
In our lifetime, the church has experienced several changes. Some changes have been good and some destructive. While changes occur today, it is safe to say, more changes will come.
Paul Harvey said, “In times like these it is good to remember that there have always been times like these.”
Solomon originally expressed it this way, “There is nothing new under the sun.”
Leaders will always face challenges. It may be a different generation, culture, gender, age, or time of day, but challenges will come.
Let us seek God’s counsel and listen to His word. Here we will find the true answers to solve these challenges.
Generally speaking, leadership involves changing others. From a spiritual perspective, the purpose of our leadership is to change others, right?
However, change must first begin within ourselves. It is easy to ask others to do what we are either unwilling to do or have not done yet.
The power of change starts with us. When we make changes in our own lives first, we set an example for others to see why they must change also.
As leaders in our homes, communities, and the church, let us first work on changing ourselves and then seek opportunity to help others change.
One of the key principles of leadership involves communication.
When leaders do not keep others informed, suspicion grows, distrust blossoms, doubt develops, and anxiety raises its ugly head.
Spiritually speaking, there is a great need for Christians to be informed by leadership.
What kind of information needs to be provided?
Information about plans for the future, changes to be made, challenges or hindrances facing the plans, and existing needs.
When leaders communicate, trustworthy and loyal relationships develop. It is time for God’s leaders to lead.
Think about our approach to leadership. How will our influence be remembered in the church and community where we live and serve?
Harry Truman said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Will we be remembered because we made a change for the better?
Will our leadership impact the eternal good of others?
If it seems the world stands still around us, maybe it is time we stood up to lead. Seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Lead as God would have us to do!
Nestled in the concept of an example is our influenceas leaders. We influence people everyday. We influence them in what is right or wrong. The difference is bound up in our example.
Setting an example is associated with consistency. Mahatma Ghandi is noted as saying, “we must become the change we want to see.”
Setting an example is also connected to servanthood. The only time Jesus said “I gave you an example,” involved being a servant.
If we want to be who God desires, we need to understand the significance identified with our example of leadership.
How would we describe our level of dedication?
In several areas of life, even leadership, when difficulties arise, change, distractions, interruptions, or a failure to measure up to our expectations, our culture looks for bail.
Consider the difference that could be made if we honored our commitments.
Imagine the lives we could change with dedicated hearts.
There is much to be said for men and women who build on a foundation defined by the two words…until death! Marriage takes dedication.
Leadership is the same.