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Leadership.2 The Possibility by Caleb H.
October 6, 2008, 6:20 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

Leadership’s purpose, serving others for God’s glory, would not even be a feasible directive of scripture unless God had acted.

We are completely incapable of bringing this kind of behavior into our daily lives unless there is something to ground it on, and something that is going to change our sinful, self-centered natures.

So, how is it possible to have a mindset of humble servant-leadership?

Romans 12:1&2 get us started:

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Here we see Paul appeal to the foundation. Because of God’s mercy as evident in the cross of His Son, because He has paid for ALL of our sins, therefore walk the Christian life out in this certain way. Here it is that we come to the application of this passage, but we have to start at the foundation first.

If not, we will base our behavior on our good character, because we believe that we are inherently good, or our need to repay God, and it will not last.

So in effect, Paul here is saying, “Our actions will follow our beliefs.”

Therefore, in light of the gospel, we turn to verses 3-8.

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

There it is…did you see it? Leadership is a gift from God meant to what…that’s right, it’s a gift given to us by God and we are to serve others with it!

So as men, in light of the transforming and life-giving good news of the forgiveness of our sins through Christ’s cross, let’s lead with zeal, with passion, not to lord over people, but to serve them.

Points of Application

  • When you prepare for the day in the morning, reflect on the gospel and let it inform your mind and flow outward into your behavior, specifically, how you lead those around you.
  • Recognize that if the gospel were not true, you would not have the desire or ability to be a servant-leader
  • But because of the truth of Calvary, we have hope and assurance that God is working in us, to transform us into Christ’s likeness, the perfect servant-leader

Let us be amazed that God has acted! He has saved sinners like us, and has now given us the responsibility and privilege to serve others. So let’s do this with zeal!!!

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I would just like to note, that if you do not have the desire to lead, it doesn’t mean the gospel is not true, or that you’re not really saved. It may simply mean that you do not have the gift of leadership or have not yet been called to have that gift developed.

Comment by Joshua Frerichs

That’s a great point Joshua. I agree that the gospel is true regardless of how we feel about it or whether we are obeying God at the time or not. However, as men, one of our sinful tendencies is to be lazy and not lead, because it’s hard work and requires us to be others-minded. We’ll take a look at this specifically in a couple of weeks.

THANKS SO MUCH for reading and commenting. I don’t want to take for granted that anyone reads this. I hope it benefits you for God’s glory!

Comment by Caleb H.




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