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.
“Lead is a verb, leader is a noun, and leadership is both.” Not sure who to credit with this thought, but it speaks volumes.
Leadership involves both the person and action.
Leadership speaks to both who we are and what we do.
Leadership requires an effort to develop both the individual and method.
Leadership drives home the necessity of personality and character.
We must keep in mind the development process of making great spiritual leaders. The constant dedication to the act of molding one’s ability to lead helps us become the leadership of God.
What determines success or failure?
Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. It is further identified as the attainment of popularity or profit.
While this is broad, it is also revealing. How often do we consider success only in terms of fame and fortune?
In leadership, we need to remember that true success is defined as…
Remaining true to the course…
Learning from mistakes…
Seeing growth in a positive direction…
Growing the members…
Most may measure success by a profit and loss column, but not in spiritual leadership. True success is measured by God.
As spiritual leaders, we need to love what we do, because the benefits are eternal.
We need to believe and know this is a great work!
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The work is far too valuable and important to do just enough to get by, the minimum.
This is God’s work. Let us love it, live it, and invest our lives into it.
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.
Moses experienced an intimate relationship with God that was “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”
Is it possible to develop an intimate relationship with God like one shared between the closest of friends?
What can we learn from the example of Moses?
He desired to know God more than anything else.
He sought the favor of God through obedience.
He communicated with God daily.
He loved God’s people with an incredible intercessory love.
He led with a passion to fulfill God’s will.
The New Testament teaches us to walk with God based on several parallels. Spiritual leaders should not only desire this intimate relationship, but strive to achieve it.
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.
Do we know the legacy we want to leave? Have we given thought to our legacy?
From a spiritual perspective, when we depart this physical world we should leave others in a position to do great things for the Lord without us. This is the heart of true legacy.
Choose who we want to carry on our legacy.
Pass on what we want carried on.
Don’t forget to model that legacy.
Leadership is not about the here and now, but the hereafter. If we build our leadership around this idea, the legacy we leave will have lasting rewards.
A leader must be a student of two worlds.
We must know the world we live in physically and spiritually. We need to know the challenges, struggles, and trials people face in this world. Thus, we must be a student of local, national, and international events.
We must also know the world we live for spiritually. Therefore, we must be a student of God’s word.
All we say and do now is building a foundation for what is to come. Our task involves helping others in this world reach the right destination in the next. Think Souls!
Why does power appeal to the role of leadership?
Does it involve authority?
Is it control?
Could it be decision-making?
Spiritually, the answer is NO!
Power involves the ability to do something or act in a specific way that directs and influences the behavior and course of others.
Power is about God’s ability to direct and influence the behavior of others.
The word of the cross is God’s power to save. It will save you and me. Our only power comes by sharing it with others? Think Souls.