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.
“Lead is a verb, leader is a noun, and leadership is both.” Not sure who to credit with this thought, but it speaks volumes.
Leadership involves both the person and action.
Leadership speaks to both who we are and what we do.
Leadership requires an effort to develop both the individual and method.
Leadership drives home the necessity of personality and character.
We must keep in mind the development process of making great spiritual leaders. The constant dedication to the act of molding one’s ability to lead helps us become the leadership of God.
Most everyone experiences unexpected events that keep us from fulfilling our expectations.
Disappointment generally overshadows any joy we previously possessed. What can help us prepare for these times?
Expected the unexpected.We know the unexpected happens, so expect it.
Never go it alone.When these events occur, seek help from others.
Prepare a back up plan…always.The key is to prepare. Have a plan ready!
Trust in a positive result.When we put it, and leave it, in God’s hands, good will come.
It can be a hard lesson, but when learned, rarely are we surprised.
The more faithful the leader, the greater the trust developed. The result is confidence.
Paul was confident in his Savior. John spoke of the confidence we have in prayer. The common thread in both thoughts is faith.
Our confidence is built on faith.
With faith in the power of God, impossibility is eliminated.
With faith in the working of God, prayers are answered.
With faith in the power of God working in us, we can change the world.
I pray our leadership possesses the confidence God intended for a people of faith.
What determines success or failure?
Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. It is further identified as the attainment of popularity or profit.
While this is broad, it is also revealing. How often do we consider success only in terms of fame and fortune?
In leadership, we need to remember that true success is defined as…
Remaining true to the course…
Learning from mistakes…
Seeing growth in a positive direction…
Growing the members…
Most may measure success by a profit and loss column, but not in spiritual leadership. True success is measured by God.
When we think of giant slayers, the account of David and Goliath comes to mind. As a leader, David surrounded himself with others of like character.
Of David’s thirty-seven mighty men, at least four were giant slayers.
As leaders, there will be giants that cross our paths. They oppose our efforts to accomplish God’s will, and they take many forms.
We must be able to overcome them and surround ourselves with others of like character.
Great leaders see the qualities in others to achieve success, even if taking out giants is necessary.
Leadership is not making things happen on our own. The minute we try to go alone, we are destined for failure.
When David faced Goliath he knew his Ally. Goliath came to the battle equipped and able to fight, but David came with the living God of Israel. Care to guess who wins?
When we come to the battle with the living God by our side, we cannot fail. Paul reminds us of this in Romans 8:31-39.
The lesson is powerful, and we can live with this confidence when God is our greatest Ally.
As spiritual leaders, we need to love what we do, because the benefits are eternal.
We need to believe and know this is a great work!
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The work is far too valuable and important to do just enough to get by, the minimum.
This is God’s work. Let us love it, live it, and invest our lives into it.
Consider the power one person has to change the world.
Numerous people have changed the direction of the events in history. However, none compare to the power of the One who changed the course of the physical and eternal realm.
He is the One we need to know. He is the One we must lead others to know.
While others may leave an incredible legacy, their lives will end and their soul will stand in the presence of the Creator.
Our legacy as leaders must make a difference in the eternal outcome of others, not just the physical.
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