Leading others can be one of the most important things that we, as Christians, are called to engage in, yet it can also be one of the most difficult in this day and age with so much going on in the world that goes against our Biblical stance. While we are all called to lead people to Christ, fitting that into a Business Model can be very difficult.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” -James 1:2-4
He said to count it all joy when we enter into different kinds of trials and the testing of our faith. With everything that is going on around the world, we are definitely being tested. However, we are to count it all joy right in the middle of that trial and season of testing. God will use it to our benefit to grow us into the man or woman He has called us to be.
We lead others on a daily basis in the subtlest of ways. For example, in attitude, in behavior, in how we model the handling of issues, and the list goes on and on. That seems like a lot of pressure to put on a human being, and it is. Standing strong as a leader in the midst of unfavorable and unbiblical circumstances can be very difficult. We are not alone in that place. God understands that we are all human, so He gave us the ultimate human example-Jesus Christ. We can never measure up to His standard of perfection, but we can strive to be more like Him every day.
In 1 Corinthians 11:1, the Apostle Paul says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” As we lead, we must lead toward Christ, or our efforts are meaningless. There will be great challenges, but all of them can be overcome by the grace of God and with His wisdom guiding us.
One of the most obvious challenges you will face in leadership comes from other people. Leadership is relational; it involves getting to know and taking time to care about who you are interacting with. Oftentimes, leadership can lead to relational conflicts like jealousy and competition, among a few. You cannot eliminate conflict completely, but the best solution is always humility and kindness. When someone attacks your leadership with hatred, show them the love of Christ. Love always wins out. Show them that leadership is not about controlling other people, but about helping to build others up.
Another great challenge of leadership is the temptation to exalt yourself because of your position. Do not ever condescend to those you are leading; see them instead as brothers and sisters in Christ OR as someone who needs to be led to Christ. You have heard the saying, “You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.” If conflict arises, confront them with genuine concern and love, rather than defensive anger. Where things go from there is largely dependent on how you handle the situation. Regardless of how they respond, you are ultimately only responsible to God to respond as He tells us to in the Word of God.
Another huge obstacle of leadership involves the weighty decisions you will have to make in your position. What if you are unsure of what God wants you to do? What if you have to make choices that conflict with your morals? Many Christians worldwide are facing this everyday. This is exactly why leadership can be so stressful, but it does not have to be if you are seeking God’s wisdom over your own.
When you are in a situation like this, the best thing to do is pray. Pray that God would open your eyes to what you are supposed to do, and pray for strength and courage to make the tough decisions. Sometimes the answer may not be clear, and that is where faith comes in and a knowledge of what the Bible says to do. The truth is, in leadership, you may always struggle with trusting in an outcome you cannot immediately foresee if you are handling it on your own, but you can trust God. He sees everything.
We should be seeking to lead as Christ leads us every day. We should be willing to admit our mistakes, give God control, and trust in Him to help us point the world in His direction. In leadership, no matter what may come our way, we can be assured that when we follow God’s will, everything will turn out better than we expect it to.
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~ Your Expect Success Leadership Team