Go to the people. Learn from them. Live with them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. The best of leaders when the job is done, when the task is accomplished, the people will say we have done it ourselves. Lao Tzu
Can there be anything better to accomplish as a leader? When a leader is selfless and focused on the best interest of those who are following, the result will be evident.
Leadership of this nature will…
Build confidence in others;
Strengthen the focus of the group;
Accomplish more and greater overall good;
Leave a legacy into eternity;
And, know more people will reach heaven because of their leadership.
I pray we will all realize how important this role of spiritual leadership is in the direction of our world and the whole of humanity.
You and I must lead. Will we step up and do our part?
When my children were younger I tried to impress upon them the need to choose a job they love. Life is too short to work at a career you do not love. In addition, when you love what you do, it never feels like work.
Yes, there will be problems or challenges, even when we love our work. However, when we love our job, the difference is noticeable.
In my younger years, I was employed in a variety of areas, from carrying canoes, stuffing newspapers, loading ice cream trucks, to radio broadcasting.
I have volunteered in a number of areas from painting to loading furniture. As a friend once said, ‘I have learned a lot of things I do not want to do for a living.’
Nothing compares to leading others to Christ. There is no greater opportunity or privilege than sharing a message of hope with others, changing the course of this life and their eternal destination.
When we see our relationship with God as an opportunity to make a difference for others, then we are beginning to know the love of the job.
One thought is clear from Genesis to Revelation, ‘we can’t make it on our own.’
Since first hearing this statement I have learned how true and relevant it is to my own life. We need one another.
I remember one Sunday sitting behind the pulpit singing a song before my lesson. As I looked over the number of people who came to worship I noticed how few were smiling. Knowing the events in most of their lives I realized they were hurting. They came to worship God, but they were struggling with the pain of life.
At that moment I began to realize the vital nature of my message. These Christians, my spiritual family, came because they needed and wanted help. They were looking for a message to help them deal with their pain.
Spiritual leadership must always remember the necessity of helping others. It may be a friend, or a family member. When they come seeking help, let us lead them to the only one who can help ease their pain, Jesus. Think Souls!
Never give up. Do not quit. Keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Does this sound familiar? Whether it is school, work, exercise, family, friendship, or a relationship with God, the bottom-line is the same… be persistent.
Jesus talked about the need for persistence. We must never lose heart in our relationship with God.
Leadership must be built on the foundational stone of persistence.
Will there be times when we are discouraged?
Will followers see the negative and complain about the positive?
Will we have days when we feel it would be better to move on?
Will we want to quit?
The answer is yes to all of these questions and more. However, we must strive for persistence. Like a child who knows persistence will eventually be rewarded with a response, we also must recognize the need to be persistent in leading others to heaven.
This is not an easy path we have chosen, but it will be worth it.
There are times when the path of least resistance is tempting. Remember, this path makes rivers and men crooked.
Lead with persistence, even when it is difficult.
An interesting account of four leprous men is found in the Old Testament. It so happens these four men find themselves in a desperate situation. Going into the city was certain death because the famine was so severe. Going out to the enemy could also bring death. However, at least the enemy had food and maybe they would be merciful.
When these men arrived at the camp of the enemy the camp was empty. As they were enjoying the spoils left behind, they realized their actions were wrong. It was a day of good news and they were keeping silent. Their own people were dying from hunger, and they were eating a buffet. To remain silent would surely bring punishment.
From a spiritual perspective we are indulging on a spiritual feast. The world around us is dying for lack of knowledge. Can we remain silent?
If we remain silent, should we not be punished?
We are leaders. We must lead others to Christ and allow them the opportunity to eat from the tree of life and drink from the river of life. Think Souls!
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” — Samuel Johnson
I find this quote to be very thought provoking. We tend to show partiality in our world to those we believe will benefit us most.
We develop relationships because we think there is a payoff down the road.
James addresses how Christians should not place their faith in Christ with an attitude or approach to personal favoritism. We must not show preferential treatment to the rich over the poor, simply because we think there is something in it for us.
Jesus never demonstrated character of this nature, nor should we.
Our leadership will gain momentum if we learn to avoid favoritism, develop consistency, fairness, and the highest level of integrity.
Why is this so important? Because there is no partiality with God. He does not look at the color of our skin, nationality in our passport, birthday, gender, house we live in, car we drive, or the amount of money in our bank account. He simply examines the heart of each person and knows. Do we?
A young girl, the daughter of a friend, was looking through one of her books when she was asked, ‘what are you doing?’ Her reply was simply; ‘I’m looking for Jesus, daddy.’
Throughout the New Testament we find occasions where people were looking for Jesus, but for totally different reasons.
Herod was looking for Jesus as an infant to put Him to death. The magi were looking for Him because they knew Him to be the King of Israel.
Throughout His ministry the Pharisees and Sadducees were looking for Jesus to trap Him, ultimately to put Him to death.
Multitudes looked to be fed and healed.
Before His trial and crucifixion, an angry mob. accompanied by soldiers being led by Judas, came looking for Jesus. The question Jesus asked; ‘whom do you seek?’
As leaders we need to consider who and what we are looking for. Even more so, we need to realize as leaders, others should be able to find what they are looking for through us. If they are looking for Jesus, will they find Him? This is what spiritual leadership is all about.