We all love pictures. In times past, we kept pictures in hardcopy photo albums. Now, everything is done electronically. Either way, at times we look at a picture and think, “It’s perfect.”
We seem to know something is just right when we see it.
Does our spiritual leadership look picture perfect?
Perhaps the question we need to ask is how can we know if our leadership is picture perfect?
When we look at our leadership through the lens of God’s word, we discover the standard wherein our leadership must be measured.
To be picture perfect, we need to look deeply and make application.
A compass is designed to point us in a specific direction.
A moral compass applies the same concept by using a standard that points us in a specific direction regarding our behavior or conduct.
The standard by which our moral compass must be calibrated is God’s word. If God’s word provides the basis for our moral compass, then personal opinions have no place.
The battle front is everywhere: television, movies, marketing ads, internet, and every direction we turn.
It is challenging, no doubt, but the result will make a difference.
Leading with the head and heart can introduce numerous challenges. Although both are needed, caution must be exercised.
Many pilots fly by what is known as IFR (Instrument Flying Rules). IFR involves relying on a plane’s instruments instead of one’s own senses. Certain conditions create a false sense of direction that potentially lead to pilot error.
A leader’s task involves providing direction for others. In order to provide the right direction, preventing error, they must use the God given instrument available.
God’s word is the only instrument needed in order to provide true spiritual direction.
We’ve heard the phrase “caught between a rock and a hard place.” Paul expressed this thought to the church at Philippi. He felt torn between going to be with the Lord and remaining in the flesh to help these Christians.
There are those who are caught in the middle between two friends.
There are children who are born in the middle between two siblings.
There are Christians who religiously walk in the middle of the road.
However, Paul wasn’t, nor can leaders today, be in the middle of the road regarding God’s word. Leaders need dedication and confidence to move others from where they are to where they need to go.
We talk about values. We understand the need for values. We even categorize our values: personal, family, moral, and work.
What are the “core” values of our life?
We face the necessity of recognizing that leadership must be based on these core values.
The determining factor for our core values must be God’s word. When it is, the people who surround us all benefit from our core values.
Our leadership will not grow beyond the level of the values we live by as a leader. Let us make sure our values measure up to the right standard.
All leaders face problems. Arnold Glasow said, “One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.”
What helps us accomplish this advice?
Address problems when they arise.Waiting for problems to resolve themselves, or ignoring them, is a denial of our role as leaders.
Rely on wise counsel.Resolving problems based on our own wisdom and experience can be effective, but Solomon teaches the value of wise counsel.
Learn to delegate.Get others involved in problem resolution. Assigning tasks to others will help create confidence in their abilities to resolve problems.
Our task is to seek a resolution based on God’s word, where real solutions are found.
Who determines the scale between 1 and 10? Does it differ from one person to another? Is there a consistent standard allowing for accurate evaluation?
How would we rate on a scale of 1 to 10?
Consistency is a needed virtue. Therefore, consider a couple of factors:
- People rate our leadership (like it or not).
- The rating is determined by ability, decisions, relationships, and previous success.
- We will give an account for our leadership.
- The standard is God’s word.
A change in our rating is up to us. Again we ask, “How does our leadership measure up?”
Where are we going? Do we know? What will we need to do to get there? How will we know when we arrive?
When traveling, we understand the need to have a map––at least a plan––to reach our destination in a proper amount of time.
Physically, we make application of this daily. What we think about in terms of spiritual matters is a completely different story.
However, the spiritual approach is no different. We know the destination and we desire to get there. We anticipate the arrival, but do we know what needs to be done to get there?
If we are not careful, it is easy to get caught up in the physical areas of life and think less about the spiritual. We then expect God to just “take care of it.”
Since our destination is heaven, the map––plan––we need to consult is laid out through the pages of God’s word.
We would think someone foolish not to follow a map to a destination they have never been before. If so, then how much more foolish when the eternal destination is far more consequential?
“What parents excuse in moderation, children will abuse in excess” (Brett Petrillo). The home is the place where leadership begins.
The hearts and minds of our children are sculpted from a very young age. Our influence is far greater than we can imagine, perhaps until we see and hear the expressions of our influence expressed in the lives of our children.
Because this is true, as parents we need to give serious consideration to the words and activities expressed in our own lives.
This post is not for the purpose of proclaiming what is right or wrong. Rather, the purpose is to share a perspective of an individual who has seen it in his own children and now observing it through them in his grandchildren.
We need to set the kind of standard within our home we are comfortable with seeing our children live out in excess. We face enough challenges in battling the worldly influence surrounding us. Why take a chance on setting an example that questions the biblical precedence of a godly man or woman?
Use the home as a refuge that is sanctified by the teachings of God’s word.
“What trails are we blazing? What paths are we cutting through the brush? And where will we end up from our efforts? But more important than that…have we left a clear path for others to follow, and if they do follow, where will they end up?” Michael Hite
I read this post a few years ago, and immediately thought of how powerful these questions are for leadership.
When we question our leadership, consideration should be given to the followers. Have we really considered where others will end up when they follow our leadership?
The choices are limited to the following and similar ideas:
1) Closer to, or further away from God…
2) More spiritually, or more worldly focused…
3) Stronger, or weaker in faith…
4) Growing, or declining in knowledge of God’s word…
There are many more possibilities, but the point is the same. Our leadership should be important enough to consider the destination followers will reach by following.
Be willing to blaze the type of trail that when others follow they reach heaven. Think Souls!