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!
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.
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?
Languages are not a strong suite for most of us. Imagine the difficulty of communicating within the multiplicity of languages around the world.
However, the key to communicating effectively involves understanding.
The ability to communicate so others understand is vital to our leadership.
Goals must be communicated in ways everyone understands.
Plans should be communicated effectively.
Roles and responsibilities must also be understood.
Above all, leading others to Christ demands communicating the message of the cross in ways they can understand.
Nearly 2,000 years ago this question was asked by a governor with the power to deliver or destroy. Sadly, the influence of the Jews and fear of allowing a threat to Rome go free moved Pilate to crucify Jesus.
How we answer this question becomes foundational to our influence in several areas of life.
Family:Let us lead our family to heaven.
Job:Work to please Christ, not men.
Worship: Meet with God and bring a gift.
World: Be the influence our world needs.
What will we do? Our answer makes the difference in others seeing the influence of Jesus.