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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "Are You Really Saved?" Understanding Sin, Grace, Salvation, and Sanctification, published in 2014.

We are Leaders–So Let’s Start Behaving as Leaders

My comments this morning are directed at men and the need for men to step up and become real leaders at home and at church. First, if you’re a man who doesn’t think of yourself as a leader, think again.  You are a leader—that’s how God created you.

So you’re already a leader and there is nothing you can do about that.  It’s just a question of how you are leading.  If you’re sitting back and just letting things happen, then you are trying to shirk your God-given responsibility as a leader.  So the first thing we must do as men is accept our roles as leaders in our families and within the church.  Just because we are failing to lead does not mean we’re not leaders—we’re just very poor leaders. So once you accept the fact you are a leader whether you wish it or not, you can begin to ask God to make you a great leader.

Now a few pointers from a man who is a leader, complete with some mistakes he has made along the way.  I hope the mistakes I have made will help you avoid them as you become a true leader at home and at church. Leaders realize they must also be led.  We are not lone wolves, but rather we are leaders who must take solid direction from the one we follow—Jesus Christ. Leaders become great when they realize they are also called to serve.

We do not lord our authority over those we lead; rather we sacrifice for them when necessary, putting their needs ahead of our desires. Leaders realize we will make mistakes.  We have no ego about making perfect decisions every time, and we humble ourselves before God and those we lead when we do make mistakes. Leaders practice what we preach.  We must not tell others how to live their lives and then violate our own teachings.  We lose all credibility when we put ourselves above our own teachings. Leaders must be humble and willing to learn from those we serve.

The day we think we have become perfect leaders, God will humble us in a hurry.  Look no further than Saul or David to see how God humbles leaders who begin to believe their own press clippings. Leaders take the time and effort to build up future leaders who will be better than we are.  We help them learn from our successes and failures and invest in them. Leaders desire wisdom and discernment from God.  We do not push our human agenda, but rather we serve only God’s agenda.  We make sure that He alone gets all glory and that every decision we make honors Him.

Leaders act the same in private as they do in public—they have spiritual integrity.  Leaders do not make decisions of convenience, sacrificing the future for short term gain.  They always have the end results in mind. Leaders know where they are leading others—and that destination is not where we think others should go, but rather where God wants them to go. Leaders realize we will be held to higher standards than those we lead—and we welcome the added scrutiny.

When leaders are held accountable, we do not get defensive or haughty—we embrace the rebuke as an opportunity to learn and become a better leader. What I have just shared comes from a man who has made plenty of mistakes as a leader, and it might scare you a little bit.  You may think you would rather just sit the game out and follow, rather than lead.  But truthfully, you are only fooling yourself.  God ordained men as leaders and we cannot simply walk away from our responsibility because it seems difficult.  The quicker you realize you have no choice but to be a leader—and that your current lack of godly leadership reflects you are currently a poor leader—the quicker you can open your heart and mind to God, allowing Him to make you a great leader. Men, our families and churches are in a mess because we have tried to ignore God’s calling on our lives as leaders.

It’s time to stand up and embrace the challenges of leadership, before it is too late.  You will make mistakes—and with God’s help you will learn from those mistakes.  Lead well by serving well.  Love, cherish and protect your wife and children.  And love your local church enough to get involved as a leader.  In these trying days our families and churches need real godly leaders, not men just along for the ride. We will all stand before God one day and give account for what we have done with the leadership positions He has given us.  God has made us leaders—it’s about time we started acting like leaders—godly leaders dedicated to His agenda, no matter the cost.

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One Response to “We are Leaders–So Let’s Start Behaving as Leaders”

  1. Mr Davis #

    As long as the sun rises it will not be too late. Brothers do not dispare or shun your high calling. Be men! To long we have justified our complacency, the man of God must recognize this as sin. And for those who consider themselves lords to be served, it was Christ Jesus our Lord who stooped down and washed His disciples feet, commanding them as I have done for you, do so now for one another.

    So what must I do? How do I change? It is a simple fact you can't. You are wholly and completely at the mercy of God. Some will refuse this saying and seek after some teaching the world offers and so turn their backs on the Living God. But these words are not for those who are perishing, who chase the dead. The scriptures of God, of Christ Jesus-The Word of God, of the Holy Spirit all, cry out the same message: There is no righteousness in men, nor can salvation be found there, yet in those precious pages there is a salvation proclaimed but it is not born of the will of men or of men but of Christ Jesus who stepped out of heaven and became man setting aside His former estate to take on the flesh of men and to become in all parts and ways the same as we, yet he was with out sin.

    Being perfect, Christ Jesus perfected in Himself those who are the elect of God in taking their sins upon himself and suffering their due on their behalf. The beatings, tearings, spittings, humiliation, scorn, ripping with the whip, the crown of thorns, the bearing of his flesh and the nails pinning that flesh on the cross of calvary where all nessesary to satisfy God's justice against unrighteousness. By which means Jesus the Christ also secured the right to redeem the earth and bring judgement against the unGodly.

    The spear when thrust in His side brought forth water mingled with blood, testify to this completed work. His death on the Cross, the blood of the sinless spilt for the sin of the guilty. We have the testimony of him who held the spear.

    But this was not the end and as it was fortold by Christ before His death He would be in the bowels of the earth three days and three nights and then be resurrected. And also He said on the third day he would rise again. For God gave Him that authority both to lay down his life and to take it up again. This was the sign he told the pharises they would have which would testify to whose behalf he spoke, whether himself or God. That very specific moment described by Jesus Christ pointed to the meeting of night and day, the dawn. So it is recorded: at the dawn of the first day of the week the tomb was opened by angles to bear witness to Christ and His resurrection from the dead, thus proving all that He said is of God. And this is His testimony of Himself.

    And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

    John 3:13-21

    And in another place Jesus the Christ testifies,

    Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
    As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou , Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

    John 8:28-36

    So those of you who find yourselves helpless and without hope being still in bondage to sin and unrighteousness, cast yourself at the Cross of Christ Jesus, throw yourself at His mercy, humble yourself before the Lord God and confess your sin and may the Lord, the Lord who is gracious and kind, full of mercy and truth grant you repentance unto salvation, even of your souls and that by the sealing of you unto Himself by the Holy Spirit. That you no longer place your hope in the empty words made by dead men but in the Living God, who is forever to be praised.

    May God lift you up.

    May 8, 2012 at 2:05 AM