The 1st lesson in leadership
You must be a follower!
Leadership is quite a responsibility – according to Romans 12:4-8 leadership requires diligence. That is in particular to be diligent in one’s own relationship with the Lord first and foremost - a diligent follower. As a follower of the Lord, one who leads must be diligent to be closely in touch with Him through the Spirit. Jesus said, ‘without Me you can do nothing,’ not meaning you cannot do anything but definitely meaning you cannot do anything of eternal value - fruitful. (John 15)
By observation, we see that those who lose sight of being first and foremost a diligent follower of Jesus in truth soon fall away from God’s purposes and lead many astray.
Leadership leads by example, whether it be good or bad. Hence the requirement for diligence in our own lives. A leader must be accustomed to hearing the guidance and direction of the Spirit of God. He must know as a certainty that the guidance of the Spirit will never contradict the terms of the written word of the New Covenant. He must do what the Spirit directs, even if it is inconvenient. The good leader knows that the Spirit and the Truth work together
The leader will know and apply Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.’Then he will be equipped to stand before others in leadership.
The leader will recognise that, like all gifts from God, leadership is by grace. He will understand that leadership is not a high position of personal glory, but rather it’s a position of service – the leader is a servant to the body.
The leader should know that God builds His church on the foundation, first of Jesus and then of Apostles, Prophets and Teachers (1 Corinthians 12:28). The leader should know that it is God’s intention that these fellow servants of Christ work together and not in isolation and that they appoint elders in every place to oversee the body.
In one sense we are all leaders – there will be those who look to you and me as examples, whether we hold a leadership position in life or in business or not. So as believers we all share the same responsibilities. Every one of us can be led by the Spirit, every one of us can read and learn the scripture, every one of us can make the right choices in life, and be good examples, and thus be fruitful.
‘By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit.’ John 15:8