Thursday, January 17, 2013

Leadership


Wise is the one who seeks the Lord's council first. Fall to His feet and you will rise in victory.


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Now, before you read the first few parts of the scripture bellow and then skip to keep reading...I challenge you: Read it slowly and really reflect on these words for a while before you keep reading on. One of the many verses that never ceases to blow my mind.

(1 Timothy 4:12-16) Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given to you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

I love how God sees the heart. I love how he gazes into its depths. God chose you and I. He chose us to represent Him here on earth by the grace of Jesus and His amazing mercy. Jesus is the perfect example of the first part of the scripture above, glorifying God at each and every stage in His life. Though some of us lead bands, teams, congregations, or groups, what about those who feel like they have no purpose and are spiritually living in a secluded desert where there is nobody to lead but themselves? Nobody has to have a title or an assigned place to lead. One has the authority to lead in any and every season and in any and every place. I have this quote that the Lord gave me a few years back that I live by, "If your life is a song that God and those around you are waiting to hear, then what does your lifesong say about you?" This always keeps me in check and has always resonated in my heart. I think about my life's lyrics and how I hope that they touch my Father's heart. Like I've said before, our relationship with our God is the wellspring to everything else, from how we react to how we lead. I really wanted to address leadership because it's such an important role to both spiritual and natural growth. I've seen my fair share of both good and bad leaders but those that I've learned so much from and dearly admire have placed God as their number one and first love. Fear of (respect for) the Lord is their foundation and there lies the reasoning behind their wisdom and knowledge that develops discernment and good decisions. Be the kind of leader that you would want. If you would like a good example of someone who's unashamed of Christ and who boldly represents Him then who better than you? God placed that desire in your heart, so don't neglect that gift. You are what you've been searching for. Start developing that gift and fan it into flames. Where to start? Seek God and go to Him for direction, fill yourself with the Word of God because, trust, after you read other's downfalls and triumphs you-will-learn. Surround yourself with people who will inspire you along your walk with God and remind yourself each day of who you are in Christ so that you never think for a minute that you have nothing to contribute. You lead with your whole life in speech (every single word that you speak and the way you talk), in conduct (the way you act and respond to situations), the way you love (God, others, and yourself), your faith (trusting God and fixing your eyes on God's promises), and in purity (live a holy life, set apart). You and I have something to give and show. Though we can lead in a ministry, the best way to lead is by example with our very lives. 


Now, let's talk about those of you who are in charge of a Praise and Worship team, band, or group and you're looking to be the best leader you can be. First things first, Know that God did not choose you because of your knowledge or abilities, God chose you because he knew that you were a person after His own heart. You're not perfect but you are loved and love covers over a multitude of sin. I always tell myself that if I wake up every morning and strive for a 10 then I'm more likely to reach somewhere in that range, verses striving for a 6 or 5 and reaching something lower. In short, what I'm trying to say is that though we are not perfect in the natural,  fixing our eyes straight on what God says we are and His will and promises will cause us to accomplish more because of our high expectations. Trust, an expectant heart is such a powerful weapon that the Holy Spirit loves to respond to.

What are some qualities of an amazing leader?

  1. A person after God's own heart- These kinds of leaders will always have their eyes firmly fixed on God, so though they stumble they will no longer fall (Psalm 37:24). These people always, always, always seeks God's council first because He is the giver of all wisdom and has created order out of disorder (Genesis 1:2).
  2. A humble person- These kinds of leaders realize their self worth in Jesus. These people confidently shine in all aspects and give the glory to God by recognizing Christ as their head. This means that they do not have to constantly remind others of the position that they hold because they knows that it is apparent to those around them. They realize that being humble is not about playing small, but rather, making known the One who is anything but small. "Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
  3. A person with discernment- These leaders can recognized when to speak and when to remain silent, knowing that there is a time for everything. They know how to distinguish those times. Their reactions do not depend on what they see and they are not emotion-led because their reactions are based off of what God says.
  4. A person who keeps it real- Originality is key because God made each person different and assigned a special calling and purpose to each and every person. These leaders are confident in their identity in Christ Jesus and don't need anyone but God to remind them of how special they are. These leaders do not compare themselves to anybody else and proudly shine and radiate Jesus in them. They rejoice in knowing that they are the salt and light of the world. Be exactly who God has called you to be because you have a different lifesong meant for those that God wants you to share it with.
  5. A teachable person- These leaders remain open to the Holy Spirit and know that God can use anybody to teach them, regardless of age. They know that the minute they close themselves to the Lord's new revelations stagnation will take over. Never think you know it all because even King Solomon learned from insects. So soak up every single thing that God is leading you to so that your well will never run dry.
  6. A good communicator- These leaders do not permit language to be a barrier between their team and them so they addresses any issue clearly with backed up information if needed. The key to being a good communicator is being a good listener. If one has practiced this in one's private time with God then listening to other's concerns with spiritual eyes and ears wide open will stop any type of misunderstanding.
  7. A person who acts in God's love- These leaders know better than to let any offense spring up weeds in their heart because God's love is the medicine that this world needs. They act in love the way Jesus would in all good and bad circumstances, knowing that they must not let anything come between their relationship with God, which Jesus came to reconcile. Acting in love is about loving others the way you love yourself so be that person with others that you desire to have around you. Don't just chat with people and move on, befriend your team because they should be like your family. Love and honor them no matter what.

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