Believe it or not, we are all leaders in the Kingdom of God. We may not preach to the masses, write inspirational documentaries, or study the Bible for a living, but the way we live our lives can in fact lead the people around us in any direction- for better or for worse. We have a huge impact on others, so we need to be setting an example for Christ and pointing them to God in everything we do.
Leadership can seem overwhelming; even too big for us to handle. However, if we strive to lead in the power and Name of Jesus, God will help us to do what He has called us to.
First of all, leadership involves working with and respecting the people around us.
If everyone is a leader, then no one can be inferior. We are all the same before God, just with different talents and abilities.
1 Corinthians 12:12 says,
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
Our views aren’t the only ones out there, and they certainly aren’t always the right ones. We were made to build each other up, and that often requires conflicting opinions. We shouldn’t be divided over the little things. To be good leaders, we have to first test our beliefs with scripture and then open our minds to what others have to say.
We also have to be careful not to fall into the trap of hypocrisy.
When we say one thing and do another, we send mixed signals to a world that needs absolute truth. What kind of leader preaches righteousness and practices evil? Our goal in this life should be to become more like Christ and lead others to Him. We can try to ignore the world around us all we want, but we cannot get rid of the influence that we have simply by being human. There’s no room to ride the fence. It’s all in or all out, and when we stand up for what we believe in, the world will see our passion and desire what we have.
Leading is about more than sharing the gospel.
What happens when someone gets saved and then their biggest Christian influence disappears from their life? Love is necessary for spiritual growth, and it is required of leadership. If we truly care about those we are leading, we will lead them not only into salvation, but also to wisdom and maturity. You could make a hundred disciples, but if they aren’t told how to make disciples themselves, the chain effect completely dies out.
Leadership is a lifestyle, an ongoing process. When we use the influence we have for the Kingdom of God, God will use us in ways we would never thought possible.
~ Your Expect Success Team!