Answering questions can be challenging. Some questions make us very uncomfortable.
How will we answer for our leadership? To whom will we answer?
The truth remains! We are going to lead, the question is where will we lead?
Are we leading others to a better life in this present world, or in relationship to God?
Will others view our leadership as serving others or self-serving?
Why are we leading?
Leadership is not intended to be disheartening or discouraging. We are challenged to lead in the greatest arena, with the greatest motive, for the greatest cause.
Where will we lead?
Paul refers to a way of life or conduct as our walk. He instructs Christians to conduct their lives with certain qualities or attributes, not a one time action, but a lifestyle.
Where do leaders walk? What do they think about as they walk?
Walking characterizes the whole of our leadership. Leadership is a way of life demonstrated by our conduct lived before others in a way that influences the direction of others, eternally.
When we are told to go for a walk, maybe we need to consider changing our conduct of life to lead as God wants us to lead.
Using our head to lead ourselves means we:
…think before we speak or act.
…consider the short- and long-term consequences of our words and actions.
…weigh the evidence and ask evaluating questions before making decisions.
Using our heart to lead others means we:
…devote ourselves to learning and serving the needs of others.
…prioritize our time toward maturity in relationship development.
…risk temporary satisfaction for eternal gain.
It is often said, “To lead yourself, use your head. To lead others, use your heart.”
Let us be mindful to lead others with our hearts. 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!
We have all heard someone say, or perhaps said ourselves, “Just a second.” Usually, we use this phrase when we are busy and someone else (generally our children) want our attention.
The value of time is priceless.
For adults, all we know and comprehend is time. The value we place on it is generally based on what we can earn in a space of time.
However, a time is coming when time will no longer exist. We need to understand that how we use our time now determines our eternity.
Make the most of time…Think Souls!
Consider a thought expressed by Lao Tzu, “Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.”
Leadership of this nature will…
Build confidence in others.
Strengthen the focus of the group.
Accomplish more and greater overall good.
Leave a legacy into eternity.
Know more people will reach heaven because of their leadership.
Leadership is needed. Will we step up and do our part?
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.
Spiritual leadership should be based on a thought expressed by Harvey S. Firestone, “It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.”
We must equip and train others to lead. Who will replace you and me? Are we preparing them for the work?
From a worldly perspective, leadership is inward focused. One must be self-centered in order to make one’s own way. Robert Kennedy said, “People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.”
Jesus developed the apostles quite diffferently. The success of their work continues today and will throughout eternity.
The success of our leadership, and the future of the church, rests on developing others.
Are our goals self-serving, or do we strive for what is best eternally for the souls of others?
Do our decisions provide an advantage to our career and future, or better equip someone else?
Are we driven by an agenda, or a simplistic and pure love for the betterment of God’s kingdom?
When we study, do we strive to learn the truth or find a way to justify our position?
I wish it was easier, but it isn’t. Personally, I do not like answering these questions, but it must be done.
As spiritual leaders, we must examine ourselves honestly, admit mistakes, act Christ-like, and pray for God’s strength to do what is right. This is why it’s called the bottom line!
Spiritual leaders do not serve themselves but others.
Spiritual leaders care about souls and eternity.
Spiritual leaders know the value of the gospel and the change it brings.
Spiritual leaders understand the necessity of the work.
The head of a spiritual leader is understanding and willing.
The heart of a spiritual leader is humble and compassionate.
The hands of a spiritual leader are strong and serving.
The feet of a spiritual leader are active.
No, there is nothing easy about it. However, spiritual leadership makes a difference. Will we lead as spiritual leaders today?