How many times in the political arena do we hear the thought expressed of someone being extreme left or extreme right?
Being extreme, however, is not limited to the political arena. We quite often find the beast of extremism within the church.
Our responsibility is to learn the difference between biblical doctrine and personal opinion.
Spiritual leaders must find the proper balance to maintain the unity needed within the Lord’s church.
In a time where people try to prevent the world from influencing the church, let us not become so extreme that our actions portray what we are trying to prevent.
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.
The thought sounds crazy, right? Can a leader be normal?
We might need to define normal. However, regardless of how we define it, there is nothing normal about spiritual leadership. Why?
Because spiritual leaders…
…are concerned about their influence inside and outside the church.
…live consistently what they believe.
…know God’s mission involves helping people get to heaven.
…work for a cause greater than themselves.
…share in planning and developing goals for spiritual maturity.
…produce results that glorify God and fulfill His will.
Therefore, spiritual leaders are those who live consistently, knowing the work they share in produces God’s desired will.
Transparency in leadership is often challenging.
Transparency means we take instruction and make application to ourselves first, without an emphasis upon others.
Transparency instills confidence in others that our efforts, both personally and professionally, are always for the good of the whole.
Transparency involves the type of openness in our communication that lays everything on the table, good or bad.
We need greater transparency in leadership. This is the example we find in Jesus, and it is exactly how we should approach our leadership in the church and world today. Think Souls.
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!
On the surface, we would assume if someone is in a leadership position, they would naturally be proficient. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Leaders need to know their job. Imagine the power of a leader who knows his job responsibilities and allows others to do their job.
Leaders also need to be familiar with the job responsibilities of others. When leaders know the job responsibilities of others and provide accountability, progress is eminent.
From a spiritual perspective, think of sheep with a good shepherd. When everyone knows their role and works to fulfill it, the church functions accordingly.
When leadership demonstrates generosity, others learn the value of the gift. However, we must consider the nature of our generosity.
Intention: What is the motive behind our gift?
Object: What is the object of our generosity? Work? Family? Church? Lord?
Planned dedication: Is there a purpose planned in the gift?
Action: Are we ready to start giving…now?
Self-examination: What do we lose by holding on to the gift?
These questions help us determine the nature of and need behind our generosity.
Life is temporary, and someone will carry on when we leave this life. The question is, to whom will we pass the torch?
Paul passed the torch to Timothy, his “true child in the faith.” Paul further instructed Timothy to do the same.
Our children carry on the family name and our traditions.
The church faces a crisis of preparing men to shepherd the Lord’s church, fill pulpits with sound doctrine, and train teachers for the future of the church.
It’s about passing the torch. Who will replace you and me? To whom will we pass the torch?
Wandering in desert places does not appeal to most. Yet, many leaders wander because lack the vision to lead people in the direction they ought to go, and this is their role.
Rosalynn Carter said, “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
We need great leaders in the home, our world, and the church. Too many only take people where they want to go. Let us arise to the challenge and become the great leaders God requires in every area of life.