One word leaders need to understand for the success of the church is develop.
The apostles continued to emphasize the need for the church to develop. Prayers expressed requests to help the church develop.
Developing faith and relationship with God is a vital responsibility of leadership. We must do the following:
Lead others to a greater love and understanding of truth.
Assist Christians in an understanding and involvement of their abilities in His service.
Encourage the expression of God’s grace through sharing the love of Christ at the cross.
Provide an example in all the above.
Leadership is about development. Let us get started.
We cannot read Paul’s letters without connecting the word zeal or zealous to him. To be zealous is to have great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.
God’s grace in our lives should create a zeal driven to lead those who are outside of Christ to Him.
Our leadership can fulfill many purposes from caring for the underprivileged to encouraging the faithful.
Both are essential!
However, little compares to fulfilling the purpose of leading those who need the Lord into a relationship secured by His grace. Think Souls!
To improve is to make someone or something better.
Athletes practice daily to improve their skills. Professionally, people take continuing education classes to improve their abilities. Religiously, we renew ourselves daily because it improves our ability to fulfill God’s will in our lives.
As leaders, we improve ourselves by improving others.
We improve others when we:
…share the hope found in Christ,
…point to the reward of heaven, and
…teach application in word and action.
Everyone needs to improve. The challenge is learning that the greatest way to improve ourselves is by improving the life of others. Think Souls!
An obligation is an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.
While it is impossible to force someone to do anything, we tend to use our skills of persuasion whenever we can to motivate others into action.
When we consider leadership, we need to examine our obligation to Christ and others.
We have tasted the grace of God. We enjoy the gift of salvation. Just the thought carries a moral and spiritual obligation.
Considering our obligation highlights the need to commit ourselves to lead others to heaven.
Contentment is challenging in a world controlled by an insatiable desire for more. Benjamin Franklin said, “Content makes poor men rich. Discontent makes rich men poor.”
How can we achieve contentment? Paul claimed Christ provides such strength, and when godliness accompanies contentment we find great gain.
Contentment takes on a different meaning when thinking about leadership. We must be content with what we have, but never who we are.
Leaders constantly work to develop their ability to lead.
We learn how to grow in fulfilling this God given task from others who are lifelong students of this subject.
Passion comes from a Latin word meaning “to suffer.”
Most remember the movie The Passion Of The Christ. The title was derived from the idea of the Latin word.
The Leadership Legacy was written by Kouzes and Posner. The authors quickly point out the need for leaders to understand they must serve and suffer.
Leaders must put the needs of others above themselves. This Biblical truth and the quality of great leadership are seen when leaders abandon a self-seeking worldly approach.
Be passionate, but understand what passion really means.
The world’s population is beyond comprehension.
Think about the plethora of languages.
Think about our inability to communicate adequately.
Think about how all of these people can come to know Christ.
Think about their soul!
Think about what can and needs to be done.
We need to give thanks for the dedication and willingness of mission minded brethren who have and continue to labor in uncomfortable places. We need to work with them and build upon their efforts in ways to reach more people. Think Souls!
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Life is too short to work at something we hate. Additionally, when we love what we do it never feels like work.
This does not mean we never experience problems or challenges, even in a job we love. However, when we love what we do, the difference is noticeable.
Regardless of our career choice, nothing holds more value than leading others to Christ. There is no greater opportunity or privilege than changing someone’s eternal destination of others.
When our relationship with God makes a difference for others, we know the love to lead.
No one likes flight delays. When waiting for a storm to pass, what are the options?
Taking off in a storm risks the lives of all on board.
Returning to the gate risks unhappy customers.
Religiously, our world seems to offer many options. If we are unhappy with present decisions, we tend to go somewhere else.
The options are limited. We either follow the leadership of Christ or not.
As leaders, we are either for Him or against Him. We either lead others to build on the rock or sand.
The idea of multiple options in following Christ does not exist Biblically.
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