GREAT LEADERS ARE FORMED


January 27, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Barnabas Dispatch



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Leadership that will resonate in today’s marketplace, industry or even in the church, is leadership that is authoritative, spiritual, and sacrificially humble.

 

BE AUTHORITATIVE LIKE JESUS

Authoritative, because in a permissive and liberal era achievers and followers both seek out the person who inspires vision, confidence, and successful implementation.

The world is filled with millions who talk the talk but fail to deliver the results. A leader who has a firm vision that continues to grow and challenge followers, staff or membership is a a visionary leader who can inspire the masses. People tend to seek out and to follow strong leaders who are charismatic in their personality and in their delivery. A leader who shows that he possesses wisdom, strength ,valor and a willingness to stick to his guns and to defend those serving with him, is a leader who will be loved and admired with unbridled loyalty.

Rightful authority comes from God, who delights to entrust good leaders with the authority and responsibility to lead others.

 


BE SPIRITUAL LIKE JESUS

People who love “real success” tend to follow a spiritual leader who lives out what he talks about and what he preaches.

In the marketplace, in industry or in the church, Christ inspired spiritual leadership should be vibrant and unapologetic.Men of God should live like men of God whether at home, in the marketplace, serving in industry or leading a church. Natural leadership has it’s benefits, but natural leadership dreams about and envisions often only what it can sense with the natural senses, whereas spiritual leadership seeks a higher source inspiration and leading. Christian leaders have need to be spiritually vibrant in all areas of life. Jesus was spiritually vibrant at the temple, in the marketplace and at home among his closest family and disciples.


SACRIFICIALLY HUMBLE YOURSELF MORE LIKE JESUS DID

To have sacrificed on the behalf of others is an amazing God-like quality and it is an admirable trait to find in any leader whether in commerce or spiritual leadership.Humility is the strength and confidence to know that you do not have to blow your own horn, or exalt yourself for the things that you have done.

To be sacrificially humble means that you know why you serve, Who you serve and for what purposes you do what you are led to do.If one exalts oneself then one can expect to be humiliated, but blessed is the man who is sacrificially humble and waits upon the Lord to exalt Him, in due season. Give the Lord room, space and time to toot your horn for you. Jesus was obedient, even unto the point of a cruel death on the cross, where he humbly sacrificed His life for you.


3 STEPS THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS

  • Authenticity deny yourself and realistically carry your cross daily.
  • Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.
  • Serve the poor, the needy, the orphan and the widow for this is near to the heart of God. (Read Isaiah 58)

5 LIFE MOMENTS WHEN YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BE MORE LIKE JESUS

  1. Don’t take the preferred seat, even if you seem noteworthy in your own heart.
  2. Give unexpectedly and unannounced, especially to those serving in God’s Kingdom.Give particular attention to His suffering servants who live and serve in hard places.
  3. Encourage, uplift and stand with and by your team.
  4. Help those who can do absolutely nothing in return for you.
  5. Live in such a way that you are quietly declaring your willingness to be like Jesus for His glory and then accept and walk out the opportunities that He sets before you with a pure heart.

 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A GREAT LEADER?

 

 To be a great leader means that you are positioned by God as a vessel, to inspire those around you to be better, to do better, to walk in greater love and to achieve greater and more awesome things in the marketplace, at home and in the church for the glory of God.

 

This requires of you that you get your vision and your marching orders from a higher place, from the very heart of God who made you a person, but is forming you into a great leader of people. Get a revelation that in scripture God at times spoke to Jacob in the same sentence, referring to him alternately as both Jacob and Israel.

God said that He had created him as Jacob, but formed him into Israel.

Isaiah 43:1 New International Version (NIV)
Israel’s Only Savior43
But now, this is what the Lord says—

he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

New International Version (NIV)
Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011
by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 


 

So it is with us, that we are created one way, but God can faithfully form us another way, into great leaders.

 


 

Genesis 32:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)

28 And He said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob [supplanter], but Israel [contender with God]; for you have contended and have power with God and with men and have prevailed.

Amplified Bible (AMP)Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

 


 

DO YOU WANT POWER WITH BOTH GOD AND WITH MEN?
Read the “ready Words” of Jesus in Matthew 6 where you will discover revelation about how to proceed towards the transformation that God desires to see in you as a leader with favor with both God and man.

 

Matthew 6 New International Version (NIV)

 

Giving to the Needy

6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Fasting

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:13 The Greek for temptation can also mean testing.
  2. Matthew 6:13 Or from evil; some late manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
  3. Matthew 6:22 The Greek for healthy here implies generous.
  4. Matthew 6:23 The Greek for unhealthy here implies stingy.
  5. Matthew 6:27 Or single cubit to your height

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


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AUTHOR BIO: Pastor Jedidiah Wayne Gaines serves as the President of Mission Del Caribe 501(c)(3) and as lead pastor at Jesushigher.org and Pastor Jedidiah Ministries. Connect with him on Twitter @PastorJedidiah and on social media such as Facebook (Personal Profile) Facebook Fan Page, Facebook MissionDelCaribe501c3 page, Google+, YouTube and right here on LINKEDIN.

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