What does it mean to be a leader? If leadership is directly related to our character, then we can begin to dig through the Word and learn what God has to say about leadership characteristics.
We are going to begin to explore those characteristics over the rest of 2017. That seems HUGE but remember, 2017 is almost over. Plus, we will still have our regular contributors Jenny Andrews and Aimee Nelson providing leadership devotionals. Sheila Thomas and Trish Jones will also continue to contribute to our teaching from the Word. Make sure to like our page on Facebook so that you can keep track of new posts.
When it comes to understanding our role as leaders, there are so many great books I could recommend. But, let’s be cautious that we do not rely merely on the words of man to define what a Christian leaders should look/behave like. What does God say?
When you are leading a group of people, from a pulpit or a seat on the ministry team; consider the following:
1 Timothy 3:1-7
- It’s a noble task. (Don’t take your position lightly.)
- Be above reproach.
- Spouse to one.
- Sober minded.
- Self Controlled. (That’s a fruit of the Spirit.)
- Able to Teach.
- Not a Drunkard.
- Not violent, but gentle. (Another fruit of the Spirit, gentleness.)
- Not quarrelsome.
- Not a lover of money.
- Manage your household well.
- Fear God.
- Hate bribes.
1 Timothy 3:8-13
- Not greedy.
- Not addicted.
- Faithful. (Another fruit of the Spirit!)
As we come toward the last month of 2016, perhaps we should spend some time in the Word exploring these descriptions. Ask the Lord to reveal areas you need to strength yourself in, make right any areas where you have slacked, ask for forgiveness where necessary.
We enter December with our hearts cast on the birth of Christ, who came to reconcile God’s people back unto Him. A birth, life, and death foretold in the Old Testament that came to fruition in the New Testament. Before Christ left to prepare His Father’s house for us, we were left with a charge. Kingdom leaders that would go out and share the gospel, making disciples of the nations. To lead in such a way, we must constantly be aware of our character, course correct when need be.
Head to the scriptures, do your own research on characteristics of Christian leaders. Then test yourself. Pray before you start, for open eyes, heart, and mind. Pray through each verse you find, asking for the Spirit to convict your heart if this is an area you need to improve. Pray at the end for the Lord to protect your role as leader, giving you wisdom… guidance…and discernment.