Thursday, September 11, 2008

Are You Focused On Leadership Or On Thee Leader?

Ever run into any so called "leadership experts" before? Perhaps like me, you've run into both decent and whacked leadership trainers.

And I personally have a lot of room to grow in this. Yup, I could certainly gain from decent Bible teachers who have expertise in this area 'cause then I could finally get my willful Jack Russell Terror, named Roxy, to follow. But my wife would inject... "as if!"

But is "leadership" merely meant for the purpose of getting followers ..or for building something mega ..or bigger? I tend to like lots of things "mega," but no!

Leadership Principles Are Given To Us So That We Can Glorify Christ, knowing His ways. They Are Not Merely There For People To Have Bigger Smooth Running Organizations.

"Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait all the day" (Ps. 25:5).

"The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night” (Ex. 13:21).

"Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight" (Ex. 33:13).

"O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes; make Your way straight before me" (Ps. 5:8).

Right now, “Leadership” is kind of a hot topic too with the elections only seven weeks away. Have you noticed how people of the world seem a bit frightened about the idea of possibly having a “born again Christian woman” in leadership? It was interesting yesterday to hear Lindsay Lohan’s comments about Alaska’s leadership as she branded US vice presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin a “narrow minded, media obsessed homophobe”. Did Lindsay have grounds for all she said? No, but she went on to ask: “Is it a sin to be gay?” “Should it be a sin to be straight? Or to use birth control? Or to have sex before marriage? Or even to have a child out of wedlock?”

Mrs. Palin seems like a fairly hated leader in America right now, but I bet she could easily answer all of Lohan’s questions.

In a world that’s gone astray, what is leadership even for? How do you define true leadership? Why does God give people teaching about it? Lots of would-be motivational speakers would really like to know.

But neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor a good imagination, nor having a heightened phneumatology, or even a good imagination is really mandatory for becoming a skilled leader… nor is combining all of these aspects together necessary for the making of a biblical leader. Love, love, love… on it's knees first, speaking the truth with compassion, living the life with discernment, conviction, enthusiasm, gifting, and consistent application—that's what it'll take.

Are you a leader?—are you a Christian leader who is growing with a heart towards the Lord and ministry?
You can be!

Are you focused on the subject of leadership development more than on the person of Jesus Christ? Some people seem to be, but please don't be!

Whenever God gives blessings or teaching even in this area, He often has others in mind... yes, there are responsibilities that come with that. His principles, expertise, and blessings are for people He will use. And these things are not ends in themselves; they’re not supposed to self-terminate in the life of the recipient.

But we are living in a day when many people want to become "specialists" in a specific area; even in the area of church leadership. Hey, nothing wrong with that if the Lord is being glorified. What is God calling you to do? Allow Him do the lead you.

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