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.
We often view the past with great fondness.
We may look to the past with regret over words or actions we cannot change.
We also learn from the past with hope of greater opportunities for the future.
Our leadership must focus on the future. We do not lead people where they have been, but where they need to go.
Paul knew the regret of words and actions from his past, but he chose to focus on what lies ahead.
We, too, must remember the work of spiritual leadership. When it comes to the past, acknowledge it, learn from it, and leave it where it is. Focus on the future.
Are we consumed with work because we find value in the job, or are we passionate about the difference it makes in the lives of others?
Our value comes from God. We were created in His image and covered by the blood of His Son.
Value based in work becomes an insatiable task.
Spiritually, if we are passionate about leading others to a greater relationship with God, the perspective changes.
When we have an intense desire and enthusiasm for the work of the Lord, there is a sense of love and joy in fulfilling the true purpose of life.
Spiritual leadership is worth being passionate about and loving.
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.
Growing up in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, basketball practices were filled with efforts by players who coveted a starting position on the team.
We learned leadership based on teamwork. Those days laid a foundation for understanding spiritual leadership where the same is true. It is leadership based on teamwork.
Leadership is often viewed as a lonely position. This is not true for spiritual leaders.
We are a team. We must work together as a team. If we are going to change the world, we need Christ and we need each other!
We should all strive to get involved on this team.