Jesus turned ordinary men into world-changers. If Jesus could use them, we can’t rightly say He can’t use us.
Leadership is not easy. It’s especially difficult when we lack confidence. But our confidence, our faith, our hope, our life isn’t in us. It’s in who Jesus is and what He has done. We can lead with confidence in Him even if we lack that confidence in ourselves.
Great leaders think about people outside of just their circle. That guy that cut you off in traffic, the co-worker who doesn’t pull their weight on a group project, the annoying neighbor who really needs a hobby, the waiter or waitress —try to put yourself in their shoes. Why do they do what they do? The more we think of others, the more considerate of them we naturally become.
PRAYThere is nothing more powerful than praying for people who frustrate you. Turn that road rage into fuel that lights the fire of grace in your heart. Pray for lost people, for frustrating people, for the people who bother you the most. It’s amazing what prayer can do in our hearts and in the hearts of those we pray for.
TAKE INITIATIVEIf you feel God pulling on your heart, see a need or just see an opportunity to help someone, do it. Don’t make excuses.
Leaders take action. They see a need and they find a way to meet that need. They can’t stand by doing nothing. Sometimes, it can be better to approach the yournspiritual leaders over you before doing something to make sure it works with what the church as a whole is doing. In those cases, take initiative to approach them. Bring them your plan, your idea, and offer your help along the way—or just bring yourself and ask how you can get help.
SERVEJesus said the greatest among us will be the one who serves. Leadership in the kingdom of God is not gaining power and authority for ourselves. It’s about serving. Find a place to serve. Find a way to serve. There is nothing that grows a leader in the kingdom faster than serving.
INVITE OTHERSWhatever you do, invite others to be a part of it—whether it’s leading a group through a Bible discussion or inviting others to serve alongside you at the church, an outreach event, or in some other way that brings glory to God in sharing the Gospel with others. Throughout the Bible, we see Jesus constantly inviting others to be a part of what He was doing. You may get turned down a lot, but never stop inviting.
LIVE ON MISSIONThe best leaders are not the ones who stand on a pedestal and bark out instructions. The best leaders set examples. They don’t even really think about it as leadership. They just live with a passion for Jesus and a drive to fulfill His calling on their lives. In the process of their faithfulness, they set an example for others to follow.
There are many places to lead. The opportunities are endless. The harvest is plentiful. The workers are few. The kingdom of God has a shortage of workers, not a shortage of opportunities. It’s time for the church of God’s people to step up and lead. It’s time for us to show the world the grace and love of God through our lives. It’s time to make this earth look a little more like heaven. To do that, we need leaders. We need you.
Words are Your Path To A Better Life Now
Words, you use them every day. With them, you communicate and make your thoughts known. Words provide insight into how you feel, what you’re thinking, and even where you’re going. Words have destinations. Words can speak of the past, the present, or the future. Some words make you feel terrific, and other words make you feel terrible. There are happy words, angry words, faithful words, and fearful words.
To understand God is to understand his words. To understand life is to understand the life-giving nature of his words. To live in the fullness of life is to abide in His words. And to change your life is to speak His words. Words have meaning.
Your spirit was designed by God with creative abilities beyond your wildest imagination. To understand yourself, you need to comprehend how God made you. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. Your spirit is the part of you that was born again. Your spirit is the real you.
Begin to incorporate these few leadership skills right away. Tomorrow I will share a few more skills to challenge us to lead like Jesus.