Monday, November 5, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity-Day 28: Leadership

Definition of LEAD

transitive verb
a: to guide on a way especially by going in advance
 b: to direct on a course or in a direction
c: to serve as a channel for
We're nearing the end of our 30 Days so these last couple of posts will build on and reiterate some things already discussed. Today we're talking about leadership and how it's required of all of us as Christ-followers. For some reason, we often think that we're supposed to leave the leadership to the professionals, or the ministerial staff in this case. This is such a huge misconception!  God has given you circles of influence for a reason; with those circles come responsibility to use them wisely and use them to lead others by example. Don't let anyone let you believe that you aren't called and equipped to lead others! 
"Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe." ~1 Timothy 4:12
We've already looked at 1 Timothy 4:12 here in our Authenticity Journey, but we can easily see that this example we're setting is definitely a form of leadership.  Regardless of age, we're called to lead others through our speech, behavior, love, faith, and purity.  We've also looked at Titus before when talking about influence.  The entire chapter of Titus 2 commands us to lead others, to show them the way.   
"But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in  perseverance.
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
9 Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith so that they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you."
~Titus 2
Here, we see that we are to teach young and old(er) men and women alike; we're to take our walks with the Lord seriously so that others can trust our guidance.  John C. Maxwell writes, "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts.  It's about one life influencing another."  I'm so encouraged by that reminder.  I've never chased a title, but I know all too well what it's like to be pushed out of serving because of man-made rules.  Titus 2 reminds me that I've got something to offer to others and I'm to be a leader, regardless of any legalistic regulations that have been set .  Whether you're a paid minister or not, you're called to lead.  Regardless of any layperson's church position you may or may not hold, you've got a ministry of your very own.  If you are a believer, then you are a leader.  Take ownership of that today.  Use your circles of influence wisely.  Make a difference in the lives of others.  Be vocal, be humble, serve and teach.  Be authentic in all that you do and be the example that others need.  Lead.     

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