Christian leadership is leading people to where God wants them to be, with the use of God’s methods relying on God’s power.
God wants people to live in spiritual support and actions that displays his glory and honor his name. The role of religious leaders is to help people see God so that they will come to worship him in everything that they do.
Spiritual leading is not directing people but changing people.
As spiritual leaders, we must make it our goal to improve people than dictate plans. We can make people do what they want, but their hearts could still remain unchanged. If their hearts were not changed, we did not spiritually led them. Unchanged hearts mean we did not see them to where God wants them.
Everyone has a duty of leadership in relationships. There are characteristics that the spiritual leader should have in order to lead others to glorify God. Spiritual leaders should lead others to glorify God. The ultimate goal of religious leaders is for other people to glorify God. They think, visualize and perform godly to extend the true nature of God.
A Christian leader brings other people to glorify God when she loves both friend and enemy.
(Matthew 5:14-16) The way you think and function is so distinctive that when others see it, it gives reasonable evidence that there is a God and that God is a lovely, faithful Heavenly father. We are the light of the world. Let your light shine, that people may see your charitable works and give glory to our Father in heaven. When the truth of God’s promises to take care of us grips our hearts, that it causes us to bring comfort, love and compassion for other people, the world would not be able to deny that the one who gives us hope and freedom must be true and fair. We can love our enemies by trusting in God and hoping in His Promises. When we trust God and hope in His promises, we obtain a relationship that is strong enough which moves us to bless and pray for our enemies. For in Christ Jesus, faith working through love.(Galatians 5:6) When we have strong faith in God’s goodness, it obviously works itself out in love. When our hope is strong, we are freed from fears and cares that prevent us from exercising love.
A Christian Leader should have a strong faith in God’s holiness and righteousness.
If not, he will be tempted to control circumstances and exploit people to secure his future. We experience this faith in God by meditating on His promise. We have heard of your faith in Jesus and your love for all the saints, because of the hope laid for you in heaven(Colossians 1:4, 5).
Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things out of your law (Psalm 119:18).
Faith in God is rooted in God’s Word. It is when we hear God’s Word that we are moved to trust him. This does not happen automatically. We need to pray that we will see the real significance of the Word of God.
A Christian leader should meditate on the Word of God and pray for spiritual enlightenment.
If not, his faith will become weak, and his love will fade that no one will be moved to glorify God. A person becomes willing to spend time with the Word of God and becomes susceptible to the Word of God, once they realize their helplessness. All genuine Christian leaders realized their misery. Jesus qualified the man who said that he is a sinner. Jesus said that he came not to call the righteous but sinners. Until we realize that we are the sick who needs a doctor, we will never be committed in reading the Word of God. It is while we read the holy promises for those who trust Him that our faith will grow strong, and our hope become strong. It is when our faith and trust is determined that all barriers to love are swept away.
It is when Christian leaders become compassionate people who are willing to risk their lives, even for their enemies, that people recognize and give glory to God. It is when they do not hold grudges and devote their energies to help others instead of seeking their own aggrandizement.
Christian leaders should be ahead of their people in Bible study and prayer.
A Successful Christian leadership is impossible without prolonged supplication and speculation on the Word of God. Christian leaders should start early in order to experience God before they meet anybody else.
- Keep a record of insights and ideas as you see the Word and pray.
- Read books about the Bible and prevailing prayer.
- Take an average half-day retreat with a Bible and a notebook.
- To be excellent Christian leaders, get away from people to be with God.
It is not easy to make time for prayer and Bible study, but it is necessary. Find time for prayer where you could be most sure of being undisturbed to wait upon God. Practice not preaching is reality. The hardest part is to maintain regular, prayerful Bible study. Satan will always find us something to do when we should be praying.
The first and foremost duty to which we should concentrate every day is to keep our soul delighted in the Lord. We should be most concerned on how our soul must be nourished, and not how much we must perform or enhance the Lord.
Christian leaders should take God’s word and meditate on it.
It will surely soothe, encourage, warn, reprove, and inform our heart. It is during this time that our study will be brought into harmony with God. Ask God’s blessing upon his precious word and begin to meditate on the word of God. Read the word of God to boost your own soul, and not for public teaching or preaching. It is after this that our soul will be led to confession, thanksgiving, intercession, or to supplication. It is in giving ourselves to meditation that we are turned almost immediately more or less into prayer. The food for our soul should be the focus of our meditation. Our soul will almost invariably be almost sensibly nourished and strengthened.