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!
We live in such a self-centered world. Our efforts and concerns are primarily structured around a what’s-in-it-for-me mentality.
This mindset is subtly developed and so difficult to overcome. Albert Pike said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Think about the significance of this thought in relationship to spiritual leadership. We fail miserably and our legacy is meaningless unless we learn from this thought.
All we do should be done for others. This is what truly lasts. Think Souls!
Transparency in leadership is often challenging.
Transparency means we take instruction and make application to ourselves first, without an emphasis upon others.
Transparency instills confidence in others that our efforts, both personally and professionally, are always for the good of the whole.
Transparency involves the type of openness in our communication that lays everything on the table, good or bad.
We need greater transparency in leadership. This is the example we find in Jesus, and it is exactly how we should approach our leadership in the church and world today. Think Souls.
Think about our approach to leadership. How will our influence be remembered in the church and community where we live and serve?
Harry Truman said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Will we be remembered because we made a change for the better?
Will our leadership impact the eternal good of others?
If it seems the world stands still around us, maybe it is time we stood up to lead. Seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Lead as God would have us to do!
Consider the power one person has to change the world.
Numerous people have changed the direction of the events in history. However, none compare to the power of the One who changed the course of the physical and eternal realm.
He is the One we need to know. He is the One we must lead others to know.
While others may leave an incredible legacy, their lives will end and their soul will stand in the presence of the Creator.
Our legacy as leaders must make a difference in the eternal outcome of others, not just the physical.
The world’s population is beyond comprehension.
Think about the plethora of languages.
Think about our inability to communicate adequately.
Think about how all of these people can come to know Christ.
Think about their soul!
Think about what can and needs to be done.
We need to give thanks for the dedication and willingness of mission minded brethren who have and continue to labor in uncomfortable places. We need to work with them and build upon their efforts in ways to reach more people. Think Souls!
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Wandering in desert places does not appeal to most. Yet, many leaders wander because lack the vision to lead people in the direction they ought to go, and this is their role.
Rosalynn Carter said, “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
We need great leaders in the home, our world, and the church. Too many only take people where they want to go. Let us arise to the challenge and become the great leaders God requires in every area of life.
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!
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.
What would it be like to trade places with someone else? After all, others seem to have it so much better than we do.
The Psalmist questioned a similar thought when considering the prosperity of the wicked.
If our view of leadership is limited to what we can accumulate or accomplish in this life, we have misunderstood the true nature of God’s promise.
If our view of leadership is confined to what others think or say about us, we have lost sight of the value of this God given role.
It is time to lay aside the temptations of the world and recognize the urgency of the spiritual need of all. Think Souls!