If you are in the Body of Christ, meaning if you are passionately pursuing Jesus, you are automatically bumped up to leadership status. We as believers are called to live above reproach as well as influence those around us for the good. We are the salt of the earth! We are the light of the world! We are called to live out our convictions by our words and our examples, and that is exactly what a leader does.
I met with a leader on BCOM campus and asked him a few questions over the lunch hour. I asked him about the lifestyle of a leader, inquiring about how I can live now in a way that’s conducive to being an effective leader in the future. He shared with me some precious wisdom which I would advise all leaders-in-the-making to consider.
There are two things that extinguish a mediocre life: 1. confidence, and 2. vision. Having these two things will enable you to lead others into the extraordinary.
-We, to a degree, define ourselves by what we accomplish and experience. We scale our abilities by what we have done in the past and the sense of achievement that we received from it.
-These accomplishments in life prepare us for the work God has for us in the future. Through our accomplishments, our confidence is built up. This isn’t the arrogance you may be mistaking confidence for. Confidence can be confused for arrogance, but they are actually quite far from each other. Arrogance is the idea that, “I’m great, I’m incredible, I’m awesome!” Confidence, on the other hand, is a simple recognition that, “I have what it takes to accomplish the goal.” A confident person doesn’t seek to exalt himself by what he does; he just knows that he has what it takes to do the job and do it well!
-Challenge yourself to make accomplishments that will build in you the confidence to do big things. People want others who will rise up to do big things for God, but in order to do that, you need another factor of leadership…
Vision is a deep motivation that keeps you going despite adversity and hindrances. If you could compare life to a race, vision is having the next mile marker in your mind’s eye as weariness and exhaustion rack your body. It’s vision that pushes leaders away from the dock, out of the harbor, and into the high seas. It’s a targeted accomplishment, a direction on a compass. A leader must learn how to inspire and cultivate vision to take people from where they are to where they are not.
Vision must begin with yourself. Have vision to grow in an area where you often hear people say, “I wish I could __________.” As you further develop that trait in your life, you’ll soon turn around and find people saying, “I wish I could _________ like (Jarred Spengler).” It’s then that you reach out your hand and say to them, “Come with me, and I’ll help you.”
Critics tell what the church should be doing, but it takes a real leader to do what should be done with such passion that people become inspired by them.
Lord, we pray that you would birth in the young people of America such a painful longing for Truth that they are compelled to seek it out with all their heart. Inspire them to be the change they want to see and become the leaders they were meant to be.