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.
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!
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.
David’s leadership exemplifies a number of great qualities. We should appreciate how God recorded the good in David and his character flaws. David will forever be remembered for his indiscretion with Bathsheba, adultery coupled with murder.
We do not want to make light of, nor ignore what is recorded about David. We should also remember he was a man after God’s own heart.
We could spend weeks with various articles, but we simply want to examine one area of David’s leadership: his respect for God’s will.
Even though David could have taken Saul’s life, and perhaps rightfully so, he respected God’s appointment of Saul as king of Israel.
Even though David was paying for the consequences of his sin, he understood and respected God’s answer in loss of his son.
Even though David was prepared to build a temple to honor God, he respected God’s decision that the temple be built by Solomon.
David was a man of great faith and one of the Bible’s great leaders. One of the reasons his leadership was great is because he respected God’s will.
Each year at this time, a course on Biblical Leadership begins. The overall depth of the class evolved from numerous sources and much help from long-time leaders.
Over the next few weeks, we will look at several areas characterizing biblical leaders, beginning with – they know God and His will.
One post will never cover the depth of this concept. Jesus prayed with the thought that eternal life is wrapped up in knowing God (Jn. 17:3).
Peter speaks of the necessity of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior (2 Pet. 3:18).
Paul’s thought to the church at Philippi captures a greater depth of knowing God. He was willing to give up everything and consider it worthless to know Jesus, “the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).
The word translated “know” in this context involves the deepest form of knowing by personally experiencing the same. The idea represents a powerful thought and example for us to consider for our own biblical leadership. Do we know God and His will?
The life of Jesus established several precedents for the purpose of characterizing our leadership.
One of the major precedents exemplified by Jesus was His pursuit of God’s will. Numerous times we find Jesus claiming that He did not come to do His will, but the will of the One who sent Him.
One of the most famous statements made by Jesus is found in the garden during the intense agony of knowing the outcome awaiting. Here, in this moment with the Father, He cries out, “if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
His submission to the will of the Father provides us with a precedent the remainder of scripture reminds us to follow.
Our prayers should express our desire to follow according to the will of our Father.
Our suffering directly demonstrates the example of Jesus’ suffering.
Our daily walk should reflect the teachings of His will outlined throughout His word.
Examining the precedents established by Jesus explains how we might characterize our own lives in setting a precedent for others.