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.
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.
What does it take to get our attention and move us into action for the Lord?
Will the majority of seven billion people in the world who are lost?
Perhaps there is the decline in morality that surrounds us.
Maybe it is the spread of error on unknowing hearts.
Could it be the grace of God given in the Savior who came to die for the world?
Whatever it is, our attention is needed and we must move into action to lead others to the only hope given to the human race.
How many times have we heard, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”
As leaders, the task set before us is worth doing, and it is worth doing right. In fact, we must do it right to reach our goal.
From the book of Exodus, it is fascinating how many times the phrase “as the Lord commanded” is used. Clearly, God wanted Moses and the children of Israel to understand the importance of doing what He had commanded them, and do it right.
The opportunity to benefit from His grace…
The privilege of worshipping our God…
The joy of sharing the gospel…
All of these, and so much more, make up the core of our leadership. Let’s do it right!
Most businesses offer some type of rewards program. The intent is to gain customer loyalty.
God also has a rewards program.
However, we cannot fly enough miles, buy enough electronics, eat enough at the same restaurant, or burn enough gasoline to earn what God offers through His Son. The power of God’s grace is about receiving what we do not deserve.
From a leadership perspective, we simply strive to help others see the magnitude of God’s love. The natural result should be our desire to follow Him.
Consider His reward, “Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things…”
The ultimate deliverance was accomplished by Jesus at the cross. The result brought deliverance from our bondage to the consequences of sin.
This deliverance is identified as salvation, forgiveness, grace, and the indescribable gift.
It is the result of God’s immeasurable patience and love. Consider the lengths taken by God to provide for our greatest need and think.
Our spiritual leadership is defined by it. The souls all around us depend on it. Think Souls!
Power is often associated with leadership. The problem arises when leadership abuses power, or their power is egocentrically based.
Spiritual leadership must be built on the power of God.
When our leadership becomes narcissistic, it will fail.
Leadership is about power, but the power comes from our God through His gracious and indescribable gift, Jesus.
He is the power to save. He is the power that makes all things happen. He is the power to lead.
Paul wrote “no man has the power to lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus the Christ” (1 Co. 3:11).
Let us all pray God’s power will guide the direction of our leadership.
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The characteristic of joy exceeds simple pleasure. Kenneson points out that joy is a byproduct of the desire for something more outward.
The “other-directedness,” outward movement, of joy may very well be why it is so closely connected to love. If love be related to God’s grace, the gift exemplifies a significance between the two Greek words with the same root: charis (grace) and chara (joy).
As amazing as it sounds, scripture connects suffering with joy; “living joyfully despite persecution and affliction does not require one to deny the reality of suffering or pain” (63).
The world presents the greatest obstacles concerning joy. English poet Lord Byron said, “There’s not a joy the world can give like that it takes away.” The craving for more and cultural dispositions of anxiety and fear are fed by an advertising industry promoting both.
Cultivating joy occurs when we are able to rejoice in the opportunity to worship God, nurturing contentment, and learning to enjoy children.
There is more and I encourage you to get Kenneson’s book and read the depths to this fruit of the Spirit.
Religious and secular articles, books, and posts abound in the field of excellence. Sadly, we live in a time where too many seek to do as little as possible and it has influenced Christians.
Whatever happened to the mindset of excellence, the desire to go above and beyond, to do something well because it is the right thing to do?
Maybe it’s the current culture, the next generation, but why?
Why is it allowed?
Why is it easier to go with the flow?
Why are we comfortable with the status quo?
The church is the bride of Christ and the opportunity to share in this glorious union is the greatest of privileges. To understand God’s grace is to pursue excellence.
We are too comfortable with sitting in the pew week after week hearing sermon after sermon only to make no changes from the week before.
It is time leaders set a better example, to live consistent with their expectations of others, and to motivate followers by working beside them in the trenches instead of lording over them.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right and anything worth doing right is worthy of excellence.