CALLED TO LEAD. by Jonathan Oldacre
October 18, 2006, 10:10 am
Filed under: Leadership

Before we get started. I am not a blogger and am ill-qualified to add anything to the blogging world on biblical leadership. So, I will mostly be commenting on the Word and various articles of real leaders!

All men are called to lead. You are called to show yourself a man (1 Kings 2:2), by being courageous, bold, and faithful. You are called to serve (Mark 10:44,45). You are called be humble (Eph 4:2, 1 Pt 5:5). You are called to be gentle (Eph 4:2, Phil 4:5). You are called to rightly handle the Word of God (2 Tim 2:15). And the list goes on.

But before we start perfecting these characteristics, something else must take place. In his article, “The Marks of a Spiritual Leader,” John Piper says,

“All genuine leadership begins in a sense of desperation; knowledge that we are helpless sinners in need of a great savior. That moves us to listen to God in his Word and cry out to him for help and for insight in prayer. That leads us to trust in God and to hope in his great and precious promises. This frees us for a life of love and service which, in the end, causes people to see and give glory to our Father in heaven.”

Before we can effectively lead anyone, we must be men humbled and transformed by the cross. Humbled, because at the cross we realize seriousness and awfulness of our sin against God. Transformed, because through His death, we have received new life. So, the cross tells us the truth about ourselves.

Leadership underneath the cross begins with desperation before God. It begins with realizing our own inability to effectively lead and our need for God to help us accomplish anything (John 15:5). It ends with cries to God for help and a humble, intense submission to the Word of God.

Cross-centered leadership is about helpless, weak, and humbled men trusting in a powerful God, so that God – and not men – will get all the glory!


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Thanks for pointing to the cross as the foundation for Biblical Leadership, bro!

Also, why are you such a hippie?


Comment by Jonathan Oldacre

That was really good. Thanks

Comment by Anonymous

shoot, dog, that was off the chains. We need more of that.

Comment by kshipp83

I’m still surprised Walt has entered the blogosphere. I seem to remember him chiding me about the waste of life that blogging was.

Glad to see you’ve decided to waste your life as well, Walt! We can waste away in fellowship together!

Nice post, by the way.

Comment by Cap Stewart

I think you misunderstood Cap. Walt meant that it was a waste of “your” life to blog, not others. We benefit when other people do it.

At this point, I would post an emoticon (such as a smiley face with a winking eye) so that you would understand I am joking. But this is the manspeak blog and those are forbidden (not that I’ve ever used them anyway).

Comment by bigplew

yeah right plew. Remember that one time you were responding to a text message i sent about the badminton tournament in farragut and how you were too good to be on my team. I remember that winkie face. I remember the shame I felt. Dont be an emoti-conman.

punashemedly emotifree.

joshcan >

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