Learning to work through the times when we feel less than our best can be difficult. Jerry West says, “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”
Remember our purpose. Do not lose sight of why we lead.
Put one foot in front of the other. Getting started helps.
Focus on the goal. The result is worth the effort.
Remain dedicated to finish. It is not how we start, but how we finish that makes a difference.
Leadership motivates us to show up everyday!
We cannot read Paul’s letters without connecting the word zeal or zealous to him. To be zealous is to have great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.
God’s grace in our lives should create a zeal driven to lead those who are outside of Christ to Him.
Our leadership can fulfill many purposes from caring for the underprivileged to encouraging the faithful.
Both are essential!
However, little compares to fulfilling the purpose of leading those who need the Lord into a relationship secured by His grace. Think Souls!
The leadership of Joseph provides powerful spiritual lessons.
Joseph endured adverse circumstances, rejection, slavery, temptation, false accusations, wrongful imprisonment, and he was forgotten.
However, we also learn significant lessons about his leadership.
No matter what happened, God was always with him.
God always worked in his life for a greater purpose.
Faithfulness exalted him and the nation.
These lessons apply today. If we know that God is with us, He works in our lives for a greater purpose, and faithfulness results in exaltation, then our leadership is rooted in the right foundation.
Cal Newton’s book, Deep Work,provides amazing insight into the disruptive nature of distractions to the type of work that matters.
He expressed this thought, “Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.”
Leaders need to be clear regarding what matters. With this clarity it is possible to eliminate other matters that tend to distract us. Then we can focus on a deeper work critical to the spiritual purpose God desires.
We need extended time without the constant barrage of social media, email, texting, and phone calls. The result is time that allows us to challenge our minds to think more deeply.
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.
Moses was noted for his faith in seeing Him who is unseen. Spiritual leaders are people of faith, primarily faith in God.
However, faith involves additional factors key to successful leadership.
Leaders must have faith in people. Even with our flaws, God entrusted His work to people.
Leaders must have faith in the purpose. There is no greater purpose than the one God has given.
Leaders must have faith in the plan. We need to believe the plan will accomplish God’s intent.
Leaders must be people who see Him who is unseen. This is leadership insight that leads to success.
“The conclusion, when all has been heard: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.”
This is true for any generation and culture.
What is the conclusion of the matter when it comes to our leadership?
Can we summarize our purpose as leaders in terms that apply to everyone?
Do we point people to the One with answers for life, both good and bad?
What answer will we give concerning our leadership when called into account?
When we stand before the throne of Christ, let us make sure the conclusion of the matter is clear regarding our leadership.
While the downside may be negative, the upside is positive.
Why is it that leadership cannot always be about the upside? Is there a purpose to dealing with the negative struggles challenging our leadership?
Spiritual leaders know the downside helps in developing an appreciation for the upside.
God’s perfecting power in our lives results from enduring the downside.
The downside is designed to equip us with an ability to help others who are suffering.
The difference is found in the way leadership deals with these challenges. The downside is the fact that challenges and problems will come. The upside is they are only temporary.
Lead with the hope of knowing there is an upside.
Where do we focus our attention? What purpose drives us as leaders? We can easily get distracted and lose focus and forget our purpose.
There are times we spend too much energy putting out “brush fires” and lose sight of the goal. We must remember, and followers need to be reminded of, our purpose.
Be driven by it.
Determine to succeed.
Establish unity in the work.
Promote it at every opportunity.
Impossibilities disappear when we are driven by purpose, especially when that purpose has a godly foundation.
God needs spiritual leaders, and the need is critical. Several years ago, I heard an interesting thought, “God is not about time. He is about purpose.”
Think about it. God is not bound by time as you and I. He created time within the span or space of eternity. However, God is bound by purpose, His purpose, and the purpose He set forth from eternity involves leadership.
Why do we need leaders? Because God demands and commands it. To fall short of the leadership development continuum within His church is to fall short of God’s purpose.
How will we prepare the next generation for leadership in His kingdom and fulfill His purpose?