Throughout bible passages one can always see that followers of Jesus Christ are usually leaders and stewards of the people that are led by them to Jesus Christ. Thus it is safe to deduce the likelihood that as Christians, the call of Jesus Christ to His followers is to be leaders. With the call comes the commission, or our great Commanders intent, otherwise known as the mission statement; “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Mathew 10:8 and “Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mathew 28:18-20
But, who are teachers? Are they not mentors? Are they not trainers? Are they not coaches? Some of the synonyms for a leader are the same as for teachers; mentor, advisor/adviser. However, other synonyms are: groundbreaker, example, model, guide, manager. So a Christian has to be a mentor, a teacher, and an advisor (to name a few characteristics) while breaking ground exemplifying Christ on earth as a model of an individual who professes Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. A Christian is a Leader therefore, and nothing more is important to a Leader than confidence to achieve the mission that Our Lord has set for us. Followers of Christ and those who come to Jesus through your testimony will look to their leaders for confidence and will become more confident themselves when they see that their leaders are competent as well.
So how do we become confident and competent Leaders, who can lead others to victory and a feat of realization of triumph starting here on earth and a finished race in the Kingdom of God? An attainment for which Jesus will say “well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
Foremost, we have to be of the Kingdom of God. One cannot be a leader in a Kingdom of which one is not a citizen. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. However one needs to accept the salvation and make a covenant with the King of Kings. The Bible say’s in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. I have sinned and you have sinned, and because we have sinned we must have the blood of Jesus Christ cleanse us from all sin. Our morality cannot save us, our goodness cannot save us, and our acts of kindness cannot save us. Furthermore, Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. Thus, in 1 John 1:9 we find what all need to do. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Likewise, as a Christian Leader, one needs to be a leader of character, which matters for all Christian leaders. A leader who demonstrates character displays who one is on the inside. The Kingdom of God is known for leaders of strong character. Sound character will carry you if you don’t have some knowledge or the ability to fulfil one or another thing. Everything done is based on character. But one cannot attain the proper character by their own strength; therefore if one is to be a Leader who would demonstrate Godly character, one would need to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. So be free! But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” Galatians 5:13. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. So, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Moreover, as a Leader be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Subsequently, a Leader is to be of values which will display him or her as a model citizen of the Kingdom. The values are the same that God Yahuwah Himself has set for us to follow. The first one is Loyalty towards your King. It is encompassed in the first three Commandments; “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Jesus Christ summarized it the best saying “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (NIV, Mark 12:28-30)
The next value is keeping the appointments with God in a virtuous manner of Duty. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it”
Likewise, the last six commandments encompass love towards people as well as Honesty. Jesus summarized it as “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (NIV, Mark 12:31) The English word “love” has many different meanings, but the Greek word, agape, used in the New Testament, is commonly known as “Christian love.” It means respect, affection, benevolence, good-will and concern for the welfare of the one loved. In His Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus made the point that we should extend our Christian love to all people of the world, regardless of race, religion, nationality or any other artificial distinction. We must practice that Christian love even toward our enemies! (Matthew 5:43-48).
Furthermore, Leaders are in dire need to be Humble. Humility or being humble is a quality of being courteously respectful of others. It is the opposite of aggressiveness, arrogance, boastfulness, and vanity. Acting with humility does not in any way deny our own self-worth. Rather, it affirms the inherent worth of all persons. Humility is exactly what is needed to live in peace and harmony with all persons. It dissipates anger and heals old wounds. It allows us to see the dignity and worth of all God’s people. Humility distinguishes the wise leader from the arrogant power-seeker. Jesus said in Matthew 5:5-9 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”
A leader of Values is also to be leading a moral life. A Leader is to follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. Also, do not be self-righteous, but be selfless. Devout your time to become intimate in the relationship with God, be charitable by helping those in need, and one is in sin, give time to mentor them and lead them back to God.
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