Leadership III

As Christians, we have a unique identity. Christ lives in us and, by the Holy Spirit’s operation, He is revealed through us. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father.” (Jn 14:9 NLT) As we operate as leaders in this world, we should keep that in mind. When they see us, are they seeing the Lord Jesus? True leadership in this world springs from our identity, “Christ in us… (Col 1:27b) “ “The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2Cor 3:18b) Integrity is the result. We operate with integrity. One thing we build our lives around, as Christians, is the integrity of God’s Word. His Word is Truth. He is faithful to who He is. God can be trusted to do what He says, to do the right thing, to do what is best for His people. As leaders in this world, our lives are to reflect God’s integrity and faithfulness. We are to be truthful, to do the right thing. Our concern is to be for what is best for the people around us.

As leaders in this world, we have a goal. In the family it is accepting and faithfully fulfilling our roles; husbands loving their wives, wives respecting their husbands, and children honoring and obeying their parents in the Lord. In the work place, it is doing everything as unto the Lord, whether as employee, employer, executive or laborer – always as unto the Lord. Our goal is our best in character, attitude, commitment, skill set development, and performance. Practical and measurable goals are often placed before us as benchmarks to ensure our best efforts. As leaders, we pursue those goals, being an example, and training and encouraging others to follow in reaching the benchmarks. The Christian leader, however, understands that the benchmarks of true success in God’s eyes is a life built on truth, faith, courage, and obedience. (Josh 1:7-8; Heb 11:2,6)

Leaders encourage others to move forward, always remembering their calling, their stewardship, their equipping, their identity, and their goal.

                                           ~ Pastor Sam Brooks