Apart from academic definitions, perspective brings several thoughts to mind when viewed by two different parties.
A Christian perspective views life from a biblical foundation. What God says and the contrast of physical versus spiritual concerns provides hope in an eternal promise.
However, a worldly perspective tends to view life with uncertainty, fear, and doubt. The world’s philosophy can only paint a picture that is temporal and hopeless.
This is why spiritual leadership is so important.
Regardless of the pleasant or unpleasant possibilities in life, a Christian perspective always leaves us with the courage to face uncertainty with hope!
Have we seen the news lately? Is morality as bad as it seems? Can the economy be as poor as we are told?
With increasing negativity, we tend to fear the present and future. Combined with an awareness of disease, death, war, natural disasters, and more, we question Why? or What should we do?
Napoleon said, “Leaders are dealers in hope.”
Our work as leaders is to provide hope that no matter what happens now or 20 years from now, there is reason to rejoice.
We rejoice in the Lord. We rejoice in His promises. The world needs something more and we have what is needed. Deal out hope!
A channel is defined as the conduit or path through which something flows. A channel of blessings, associated with our leadership, indicates the path or conduit through which others are blessed by our leadership.
We provide hope, not despair.
We offer possibility, not defeat.
We build up through promise, not degradation.
Scripture teaches us to bless our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. If we are to bless our enemies, we might do well to learn that our friends and followers deserve even better.
Although the author is unknown, the following thought is powerful: “No one ever finds life worth living—he has to make it worth living.”
Leadership is about making life worth living for those who follow.
Our task is to make rough paths smooth and the crooked straight.
We live in a dysfunctional society. Families, schools, business, government, religions, and more, do not function as originally designed.
Our role is to give hope. We must use opportunities to help others see the “so what” and the “now what” in life. The answers are what make life worth living.
Fear of the unknown ranks near the top of most people’s fears. It encompasses so many different areas, the unknown with the economy, job security, health, and safety.
Certainly, the unknowns of leadership would qualify.
The task before us in spiritual leadership is to remove these unknowns. When we consider death, we may fear the unknown of what happens at death.
However, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, this fear has been removed. We can provide no greater confidence to others than sharing this hope. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Think Souls!
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This phrase originated with the WWII patriotic song Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer by Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh (1942). The song tells of a damaged warplane barely able to limp back to base.
Prayer is a vital part of our spiritual leadership, but our approach to leadership cannot succeed by barely limping along.
Our leadership is about the hope Jesus provided at the cross. We have prepared ourselves through trust and obedience to a gracious God who saved us from sin.
When we understand our leadership is focused on this kind of hope, we are not leading by a wing and a prayer. We are leading by faith!
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.
Charisma is not a quality of self-centered leaders. How much of our conversations focus on us, what we do, our family, our interests, etc.?
When leaders have charisma they add value to the lives of others. They give others hope.
While we need to know what the Bible says about sin, we need to remember the Bible is a book about hope. Jesus is our hope.
Inspiring devotion in others is built on the ability of leaders to provide that hope.
The charisma of spiritual leaders is directly related to this ability. Pride, insecurity, and cynicism destroy the ability to lead others to hope.
Too many have sold out to the highest bidder. In the pursuit of greater numbers positions on truth have been altered. Challenge and controversy are avoided to gain popularity and profit.
To overcome the problems of immorality and indecency, we must make a stand.
To help the church mature as God designed, we must make a stand.
To help those who are lost find the true hope of salvation, we must make a stand.
The task is not easy. Conflict and controversy will arise. Trying to avoid it, sweep it under the rug, deny it exists, or hope it just goes away and resolves itself, will not work.
The world and the church need men ready to lead. How do we measure up?