What do you think when you hear the word leadership? Society tends to push the idea that we are all leaders and we need to stand confidently in the leader within us to lead others.
I had volunteered, yet again, to lead a group of women in a Bible Study. I had my checklist, my plan and my goals all laid out. I thought I was ready to kick start this group, but I was missing one major asset. I was missing God’s guidance and His power to pull this group together. Even a good Christian woman can plow into a Bible Study ill-prepared. I wasn’t fully ready because I had been so busy ‘helping’ others that I had failed to spend time with God, filling my spirit with Him, listening to His guidance, tapping into the main power source I needed.
When we focus on leading others we often neglect to allow God to lead ourselves to be a Godly leader. We forget to lead ourselves. Leading ourselves according to His Will and power, not ours, is what creates a successful leader. The leader God intends.
Here are three steps to becoming the leader God intends.
- Become a servant of the Gospel. “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power,” Ephesians 3:7. When we become a servant of the Gospel, we lead in faith by His power that is at work in us. Using His power source creates the leader He intends.
- Be humble. “ Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love,” Ephesians 4:2. Love one another, even ourselves, by being humble, gentle and patient. Seeing God as the almighty God that allows us to love one another, unconditionally. Tap into the power of Jesus. See the glory that He wants to shine through you. His power not our own.
- Be Confident in God’s ability. “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence,” Ephesians 3: 12. Our freedom and confidence to approach an almighty God come from His, not our abilities. We approach with confidence to know Him wholeheartedly. We approach Him to make Him known to those around us with passion and purpose.
When we become a servant of the Gospel, humble ourselves and stand confidently in God’s ability we be a Godly leader, using Him as our power source. Then, and only then, we are able to fully serve others. Jesus is ready to fill you with the power that you need to serve Him, give you the knowledge and wisdom to reach others, and the confidence to step out in faith.
What are you leaning on for guidance? How confident do you feel in stepping out in faith to be a servant of the Gospel?