In the next few posts, we are going to discuss the core practices of leading towards life-change. When we say that we are leading like Jesus, it means that not just any kind of leadership is acceptable. To lead in the Kingdom means that we lead on behalf of the King. Just as an ambassador of another country would keep direct communication ties open with the sending authority, we too must remain constantly connected to our God who allows us to represent Him.
The first core practice of a life-change leader is to listen. In the first opening lines of the Scripture, God begins to speak. He continues revealing Himself and His will to all who will listen. For the follower of Jesus, we must remind ourselves of what Francis Schaeffer said -- “He is there, and He is not silent!” Our God is a speaking God, not a silent God. The question I have to ask myself is, what is God saying to me? Jesus was very critical of anyone who claimed to be close to God but was not actively listening to God. Consider His words to some of the religious leaders of His day:
The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.” John 8:47 (HCSB)
The first responsibility of a leader who follows Jesus is to listen. Rather than acting out of my own selfish motivations, I must act in response to revealed truth in my life. In this way, we prove to be leading like Jesus.
Here are a few things we can all be confident God is saying to us:
· Love me
· Love people
· Make disciples
· I will come again
What else is Jesus saying to you today?
Written by Karen McGuire