Running the Pastors and Leaders Race

Leadership Living – 

What is leadership living?  We know that one of the definitions of leadership is the ability to influence people.  Are all of us willing to be leaders?  Or do we want to be followers?   The Bible calls us sheep.  We will come back to this theme a little later.

Being a Leader is not easy…

So if you are having a problem with people you are not alone.  As one President said running a country is a lot like running a cemetery; you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.

Let us list some of the leaders from the bible.  It is interesting to study the leaders of the bible, it brings out such variety.  It takes all types to make the world.

With the Scriptures we have examples of many fine leaders and many not so fine leaders.

Look at Noah.  He was leader.  He did not have many followers, only 7, but he was still a great leaders. We should realize that the greatness of a leader does not depend on the amount of followers.

Noah was a builder, a builder for God.  He did what God told him and lead his family to do the same.

Think of Moses. He was great leader.  Also an unwilling leader.  Through Moses God gave the Hebrew people the law.  Moses lead the people out of the Egypt, through the desert and to the borders of the promise land.

Joshua was another great leader of the Bible. Joshua lead the Hebrew people into the promises land.  If you read about Joshua you will see that he was a faithful leader and taught that to the people.  He called on the people to serve God.

Most are familiar with Josh. 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

When I think of leaders I think of Nehemiah, another builder for God. If you want to learn about leadership, read the book of Nehemiah, a great book on leadership. Nehemiah was not only a leader who build but one who worked, he set goals, he showed concern, he showed he was ready to fight for what was right, Nehemiah also showed that a godly leader will succeed in the task God has given.

Ezra is another leader in sharp contrast to the style of Nehemiah. Nehemiah led by decisiveness and authority, backed by prayers.  Ezra led by self examination and self sacrifice.  Just take a look at the way in which Nehemiah and Ezra tackled the cancer of ungodly relationships which was threatening to dilute Judaism to the level of extinction.  Ezra withdrew, fasted and prayed and cried out to the Lord and made the people realise their mistake and admit the mistake.  Nehemiah on the other hand confronted the people who did this and went to extent of slapping some of them.  What contrasting styles indeed.

The New Testament also reveals great leaders.  Of course there is Paul.  As a leader Paul delegated as we see in our passage for today.  As a leader Paul was not afraid of confrontation for truths sake.  As a leader Paul had great concern and love for those who were under his authority.

Of course the greatest leader was Jesus Christ, and He still is. The greatest way in which the Lord still leads today is by example.  That is the greatest way a leader can lead, by example.

What do these Leaders have in common?

The Greats Don’t Need Hair Cuts

A young boy had just gotten his driving permit.  He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car.  His father took him to his study and said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.” After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….” To which his father replied, “Yes, and they walked every where they went!”

On a more serious note.. what these leaders had in common is one thing … whenever they lead the people they followed God…. That is where we become the sheep…. These leaders followed God and lead the people.

-Mandana Kumar, Phd

8 Ways to Demonstrate Brotherly Love

 

Love is the purpose of human existence. Every human being is wired either to receive love or to give love. Many have said much about love, but very few show love. It is something tangible and not a saying. Permit me to say that love without proof is fake. So let’s see 8 practical ways to show love using biblical analogy.

 

  1. Showing love by being kind to others.  Luke 10:30-35. And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.  The story of the Good Samaritan describes in the details on how to show love by being kind to people in our speech and in deed.

 

  1. Showing love by giving. John 3:16 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. Giving is a proof of love. We can’t afford to say we love when we do not give first to our family, the church and to those without salvation.  Besides God so loved the world and He (God) gave, we are to also rule well at home and entreat our spouses and children!

 

  1. Showing love by serving others. John 15:13. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. It’s a great privilege when we serve the less privileged as well as those that are privileged.  Jesus proved this when he washed the disciples feet without discrimination.

 

  1. Showing love by forgiving. Luke 23:34. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. We ought to forgive one another as a true proof of love.  Many times, people offend us and at times we offend others unknowingly.

 

  1. Showing love by encouraging one another. Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Sharing our personal testimonies to others might be the miracle they need at that moment of depression or difficulty.  Also a word of God that is shared out can be the one word that can spark a positive change in one’s life.

 

  1. Showing love by praying for one another. Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Not focusing only on your personal issue(s) but focused on interceding for others can be a true practical way of showing love. We often hear people expressing they’re praying for you when perhaps they are simply repeating a cliché.

 

  1. Showing love by been meek to others. Galatians 6: 1. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  We are not to cast out but to help restore those who have fallen especially when such individual is repentant.

 

  1. Showing love by been a referral for others. Daniel 2:48 – 49. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.  Any position we find ourselves, and if/when possible, should be an avenue to recommend others.