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Leadership.3 The Power by Caleb H.
October 13, 2008, 6:21 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

If we are to lead, and to do it humbly, for the purpose of glorifying God as we serve others, we need help.

Scripture makes it clear, because leadership for GOD’s glory is not a natural motive, we need SUPERNATURAL power to make this mandate possible.

Hence, we need to live lives filled with the Holy Spirit.

Does this mean that we are no longer in control of our bodies, start levitating, and automatically start speaking other languages? No.

Is it automatic? No.

Scripture repeatedly commends and admonishes us to ask God to fill us with His Spirit. That we will receive from the spirit power, peace, boldness, and that fruit will be born in our lives that is supernatural.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 says:

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (Emphasis mine)

Therefore, as a fellow weak man, I emplore you to ask God to fill you with His Spirit daily, in order that you may walk in obedience to him, full of hope. Romans 15:13

Points of Application:

  • Humble yourself everyday, recognizing that apart from God empowering you, leading would be impossible to accomplish in a God-honoring way
  • ASK GOD to Fill you with the Spirit
  • Serve others by leading in appropriate ways for their good and God’s glory (and transfer all praise to Him if your efforts are successful)

God initiated salvation for all who believe. Along with that, it is God who empowers us to walk the Christian life out in a way that honors him by filling us with the Spirit. In light of this, let’s ask Him to use us to lead and serve others for His Glory alone!

(please guys, let’s continue the conversation and feel free to comment and ask questions too!)

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I haven’t thought of leadership being for God’s glory in a while.

It is very humbling to think of myself as an ineffective leader apart from God. Very very humbling.

Perhaps daily we should ask, “God is my leadership of ____ glorifying to you?”

Comment by yipeng

Yeah, apart from God’s work, we would always lead others in order to serve ourselves! That’s a great question to ask ourselves, we should test and examine our hearts because they can be deceived by our sin.

Great comment, thanks!

Comment by Caleb H.

I wrote about letting God lead my youth bible study class 🙂

Read about it here:
God is the Teacher

Comment by yipeng

I need you to define your terms here. What do you mean by “Humble yourself everyday, recognizing that apart from God empowering you, leading would be impossible to accomplish in a God-honoring way”? What is a “God-honoring way” and do you think that non-Christians can honor God, just by virtue of being human?

I think it’s impossible to completely honor God in everything we do. However, it is possible to grow and learn how to honor God more and more. But this “either/or” of “either you humble yourself and honor God” or “don’t humble yourself and don’t honor God” is not helpful. Honestly, I think it’s wrong.

And please don’t read this as me saying that humility is a bad, or unnecessary, thing. We all fight pride. I just think you’re overemphasizing it.

Comment by Maverick

Maverick, I agree in one sense.

I thought at one time that scripture and Christians I knew overemphasized humility too, until I took a hard look (through the help of my good friends and good books) at what scripture has to say about pride and humility.

I am merely relating what scripture teaches about pride. See 1 Peter 5 and Isaiah 66:2.

Humility is repeatedly commended in scripture, for believers especially. So, while humility isn’t a requirement for salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10) it is a necessary response to being saved by grace.

This in turn, humility, should mark Christian leadership. (see Luke 22:26)

Thanks for reading and thinking about it seriously!

Comment by Caleb H.




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