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Sunday Sermon Follow-Up #2

A leader by definition is a person who others are following.  Seems very elementary but very true. People NEED to follow someone. Take peer pressure for instance. There is in each one of us a desire to look up to someone and mimic them or be mentored by them.

Being a leader is a great responsibility. A leader must be mindful of his or her character. One of the reasons it is imperative to be a leader with character is because others trust you.  I heard today of a leader in a volunteer fire station association who spent all the funds that were donated to them.  What a shame.  The president of the association told me, "we trusted him.  Fireman have to have a great deal of trust from their fellow firefighters and, therefore, we trusted him - too much!"  Are you trustworthy?

A leader has to set the example. When others fail, give up or quit, the leader works even harder to accomplish the goals of the team and rally the troops behind him. A leader who pays little attention to their responsibility or has a lackadaisical attitude will find their following getting fewer and fewer. 

You are a leader! You were chosen because of your God-given abilities and calling to lead in your specific ministry in the church. Now - I just want you to do one thing.  Look behind you. Is anyone following? Are they trusting you - looking up to you and to you for guidance?  Don't let them down. Don't let God down. Lead like Jesus is standing beside you listening to every word and seeing every effort. Lead with love. People won't follow someone who doesn't want to develop a relationship with them and doesn't display appreciation.

If there's one thing I want in my life as a leader is respect.  Whether it's in my family or here at Hillview, I desire respect from those in the church.  I understand from the Bible that respect is earned - not granted. Are those following you showing respect? Do they look up to you in admiration? Do they see themselves assuming your position one day as they see you better yourself and better serve Christ by reaching to another level?

CHARACTER - EXAMPLE - TRUST - LOVE - RESPECT 

Now those are words a leader can live by! I challenge you to read the Bible stories of some great leaders like Moses, Joshua, David, Peter, Paul, etc...

Love you guys and pray for you always!  If I can do anything at all, let me know.

PB

P.S. Might I suggest the book "TOY BOX LEADERSHIP" by our own Ron Hunter and Michael Waddell?  You can pick it up at the Ambassador Bible Bookstore on the south end of Columbus or order it on-line at www.RandallHouse.com.

 

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