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!
Consider a thought expressed by Lao Tzu, “Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves.”
Leadership of this nature will…
Build confidence in others.
Strengthen the focus of the group.
Accomplish more and greater overall good.
Leave a legacy into eternity.
Know more people will reach heaven because of their leadership.
Leadership is needed. Will we step up and do our part?
Never give up! Do not quit! Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Does this sound familiar?
Leadership must be built on the foundational stone of persistence.
Will we get discouraged?
Will the negative often overshadow the positive?
Will we want to move on?
Will we want to quit?
The answer to these questions, and more, is YES! But, like the child who knows persistence is eventually rewarded, we must recognize the need to be persistent in leading others to heaven.
This is not an easy path, but it will be worth it. Stay the course!
What is our purpose? We cannot lead effectively without it.
God had a purpose in sending Jesus.
Jesus had a purpose in going to the cross.
The apostles had a purpose in their preaching.
What is our purpose, yours and mine, in our day to day existence?
Spiritual leadership has but one purpose: lead others to heaven. The reason we strive to live a godly example is to fulfill this purpose.
For this reason we develop relationships with others. Nothing is more important. Nothing is more rewarding. Fulfilling our purpose makes the difference.
An incredible leadership quote comes from Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, “You manage things; you lead people.”
Managing requires little in the way of feelings, dreams, plans, or anything else. The only concern is getting the job done.
However, leading requires feelings, dreams, and the plans of others. Leadership is helping others realize all of these through their role in accomplishing the ultimate goal.
This kind of leadership is not an easy task, but a rewarding one. It will not happen quickly, but when it does the world can be changed.
Manage the things, but lead people. Lead them to heaven.
Direction takes many different forms. Leaders must give and receive direction.
We receive direction from the One true spiritual leader, Christ.
In turn, our vision must be used to provide direction for others.
Spiritual leaders provide spiritual direction. We help others get on course and encourage them to stay on course.
Parents lead in the home.
Congregational leaders lead congregations.
All of us as Christians must lead the lost.
When we provide direction we assist others in reaching the destination our leadership strives to reach…heaven.
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 anticipation of an event often keeps us focused as we approach the event itself.
This idea was expressed by Paul for Christians. Several times in his letters to the church, Paul used the terminology of “eagerly anticipating.” Christians eagerly anticipate dwelling in God’s presence eternally.
Our spiritual leadership is built on the foundation of helping others anticipate this same event.
Imagine how overwhelming it will be the moment we first see our God and Savior. Consider the sound of His voice. Think about how incredible it will be when we first realize we are there.
I cannot wait! Can you?
Our anticipation is part of what will make the event so special. It is worth sharing with others.
Remember when Jesus pointed out how the Pharisees and Sadducees were able to state the obvious regarding the signs of the weather, yet were blind to the signs from heaven?
Well, our leadership needs to be about both. We need an eye for the obvious, one in tune with the environment and present circumstances all around us.
However, we also need a vision for the future. We need to see where we are going and what it will take to get there.
No creative and crafty approach will produce the kind of spiritual leaders God needs today. We need leaders who know the way and can point people to it!
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