God never speaks frivolously. When He speaks to us—through nature, in Scripture, or by the prompting of the Holy Spirit—God is orchestrating the outworking of His plan. Jesus lived a life of obedience to the Father; He calls us to follow in His footsteps. Obedience to God’s word brings life, gives meaning to our work and leadership, and brings eternal blessing to us and others. Do you begin each day listening for God’s voice, eager to receive His direction, and then obey? Listen for His word, and do what He tells you today.
Articles | August 2017
The world focuses on the word ‘leader’ in contrast to the word ‘servant.’ Paul, Peter, James, Jude, and the early disciples saw themselves as servants and bondslaves of Jesus Christ. Their identities flowed from the deep, self-sacrificial love of Jesus shown toward them (and us) on the cross. Their lasting influence came from dedicating their lives to serve others in Jesus’ name. Where do you look for your identity? What motivates your leadership?
When it comes to leadership, we often focus on the positional leader, the person near the top, addressing various opportunities for growth and development of habits and disciplines that, if cultivated, should eventually lead to success.
In this blog, however, I’d like to focus on another facet of the leadership spectrum—our role as employees. We’ll see that exhibiting a poor work ethic is really a failure to lead from within and can seriously jeopardize our influence and witness.
Stop. Look around you. This is the place where God wants you to lead like Jesus. Are you in your home? God wants you to surrender yourself and your day to Him, and to freely serve the people in your family with love. Are you at work? God has placed you here as a witness to the difference He makes in people’s lives. Are you sitting in a public space? The whole world is the Lord’s, and His heart beats for every person you see. Jesus’ desire was to do the Father’s will and finish His work. What about you?