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.
It’s just a God thing. Think about the power behind this thought.
We face challenges in life. Difficulties often hit when we least expect them. Through the providential working of God, we may not see how we avoided a catastrophic event until we get past our frustration and look back.
We may not understand it at first, but maybe it’s a God thing.
How about our leadership? Is God doing His thing? Are we frustrated with the challenges or difficulties we encounter in leading others?
Sometimes we need to trust it may just be a God thing.
Apart from academic definitions, perspective brings several thoughts to mind when viewed by two different parties.
A Christian perspective views life from a biblical foundation. What God says and the contrast of physical versus spiritual concerns provides hope in an eternal promise.
However, a worldly perspective tends to view life with uncertainty, fear, and doubt. The world’s philosophy can only paint a picture that is temporal and hopeless.
This is why spiritual leadership is so important.
Regardless of the pleasant or unpleasant possibilities in life, a Christian perspective always leaves us with the courage to face uncertainty with hope!
One of the greatest dangers for leaders is the desire to please everyone, or at least as many as possible.
Peter Drucker said, “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”
Decisions that produce results are often challenging because of the fallout from those who may be unfavorable to the decision.
If we spend our time making decisions that please everyone around us, our leadership will suffer and so will God’s kingdom.
Be decisive and put the gainsayers in God’s hands. Lead as God would desire.
Accountability introduces a number of thoughts.
There is the implication of what is required. We are required to be trustworthy, faithful, examples, and people of integrity.
There are certain expectations. If we expect little/more, we get little/more. When leaders make decisions, we expect to be held accountable.
There is an understanding of responsibility. If we are accountable, then certain responsibilities are connected to our decisions and actions.
We will all give an account for our deeds in this life, good and bad. How much more so for leaders who answer to God for leading His people?
Expansion is the action of becoming larger or more extensive. We talk about expanding a program of work, a building project, and even investments.
What about the expansion of our leadership?
We can easily fall into the “comfort zone.” We enjoy the status quo and before long nothing happens. Our leadership needs to be expanded. How?
Read material dealing with the growth of our leadership skills.
Spend time with successful leaders.
Ask God to open doors and grant us wisdom.
If we will get out of the rut and ask for a little help, our leadership will expand to greater levels.
What is our objective? What are we trying to achieve? Do we have a mission?
Sadly, as spiritual leaders, our mission often gets skewed because the mission becomes more about us than God. It becomes more about what we want to achieve, rather than what God wants us to achieve.
Leaders have a responsibility to know and believe in God’s mission.
We must be honest enough to examine ourselves closely and ask hard questions about whose mission we are fulfilling.
Let us arise and lead God’s people in unity, and let us work together to fulfill God’s mission.
What is our rule of life? The idea involves our purpose for life.
Why do we pursue the course in life we pursue?
What do we want to achieve and get out of life?
What implications would exist with having a written purpose for life?
Knowing and reminding ourselves of our purpose for life keeps us focused on the impact of our words and actions.
Having a rule of life gives us meaning and hope for what the future holds.
It changes the way we see God, develop family, and influence others.
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.
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.