October 30 – Understanding Leadership

“So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” I Corinthians 4:1-2 (NIV)

The basic premise of leadership is that God does not make LEADERS; He makes SERVANTS, and servants BECOME leaders. “Leader” is found only six times in the Bible. It is not an office to which you are appointed or elected, but one for which you must qualify. “Servant” is what you ARE; “leader” is what you DO!

Leadership is not a POSITION, but an ACTIVITY. Well-known speaker, Charles Simpson, says that leadership is being a step ahead…being willing to do something before everyone thinks it ought to be done and being willing to be wrong or at least early. Somebody said: A “leader” is one step ahead of the crowd. Get two steps ahead, and they call you a “pioneer.” Get three steps ahead, and they may call you a “martyr.”

Today a new offensive in the Church is arising. New leadership is emerging on the scene…a new face, a new look…fresh revelation rising out of obscurity. There is a spiritual crisis in the world, and leadership emerges in times of crises. There are grounds for action. Now is the time to put your training to use. You are well-armed and ready for God’s army.

PRAY: “Father, increase my leadership today. Having an office or position or gifts is not enough.  I want to be used in battle. Give me courage for the task ahead. Amen.”

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