Oct 19, 2012

Are you man enough?…part 2

In an earlier post I looked at what the Bible has to say about men and leadership.

The key to leadership is letting your definition of leadership be set by the one man who can truly teach us what it means to lead. For Jesus, leadership was three things 1) God-dependent, 2) servant-hearted, 3) leadership of others.

To learn to lead you must therefore first be willing to be led by Jesus. So below are the final three points from my City Church men’s breakfast talk;

5. To be a leader you have to lead others to the gospel

Where in your leadership are you seeking to lead others?  As we lead our Christian family and other Christians for whom we have responsibility, the need is to show them Jesus and lead them to him.

CJ Mahaney in his book Humility asks ‘What are your ambitions for your children?’

Are any of your ambitions for your child more important to you than their cultivation of humility and servanthood –the basis for true greatness as biblically defined?  Are you more interested in temporal recognition for your child than you are in his eternal  reward? Ultimately, that’s what parenting is mostly about – it’s about preparing our children for the final day. 

If you are ambitious for your child’s godliness, what will that mean for you as a leader?

As we lead others at work we seek to lead in a way that commends the gospel. Servant leadership is quite a contrast with lordship-leadership, which seeks to use others for selfish reasons. Servant-leaders are able to get the best from employees or colleagues under their lead by taking a genuine interest and serving their needs. As we lead in this way, so we commend Christ to all around us.

Q. Is your priority for others their eternal salvation?                                                     

6. To be a leader you have to know whom God has called you to lead

Godly leadership involves making right priorities. God calls on us to lead those we are called to lead. There is a God-given hierarchy to our responsibilities.

That means that to lead in the wrong way is a failure to lead. Jesus knew this for himself when tempted by others, including his own disciples, to pursue a healing ministry. In Mark 1:32-39, Jesus goes to a place to be with his Father and on return renews his commitment to move on from a town where he was wanted and needed, to preach the gospel elsewhere because he understood that God had commissioned him to preach – a ministry that in time would lead to his rejection.

We are to lead our wives and children ahead of our work colleagues, for example.

Q. How might leadership in one part of your life be an excuse for failing to lead in a more important part?

7. To be a leader is to lead through your God-given personality & God-given gifts

There is diversity in the body of Christ. God has not given you the same gifts as others in the church and he has given you a unique personality. We lead through our God-given strengths and have to work on our weaknesses.

Some of us are initiative-takers, others more passive. Some fear confrontation, others are too confrontational, etc. There is no one type that you have to aspire to. Introverts can lead and often do lead better than extroverts. The key is a better knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses so that you are better equipped to lead well.

Q. What has God made you good at and how does that help you lead, what weaknesses do others see that you need to work on?

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