Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Follow to Lead

Dearly beloved, if you believe you can lead without following, you're mistaken. The most effective leaders are the most diligent and humble followers. 

No one can show others how to follow without knowing how to follow.  You can't teach what you don't know... you can't lead where you don't go.

Remember that Paul said, "follow me as I follow Christ." (1 Cor. 11:1)  We lead by example when we teach others to follow God by following hard (with extreme diligence and exclusivity) after Him ourselves.

The notion of folks in the world who say, "I wasn't born to follow, I was born to lead" is pridefully incorrect.  You cannot lead successfully (in the way that pleases God) unless you humble yourself, receive instruction, and first (and always) follow Abba. 

True leadership in Christ is marked by humility.  The humbler you are, the more "teachable"; the humbler you are, the stronger and wiser; the humbler you are, the more mature you are in Jesus Christ.  HUMBLE IS THE WAY.

If you are called by God to "lead", remember what that means first and foremost is you've been called to follow hard after Christ (Who is our Example in all things).  The day you decide you are no longer a "follower" of Jesus is the day you are no longer a "leader" in Jesus.

Those who follow Christ in the excellence prescribed by Abba are those who He entrusts with showing others how to follow Christ.  Leaders are "good and faithful servants" of the Lord.  While they are not novices in God's Kingdom, they are forever "children" of God perpetually in need of Daddy's leading and affirmation.  The more intoxicated you are by Abba's loving guidance, the abler you are to lead others to the "new wine" of His Spirit.

Want to lead in any capacity in Jesus? Be of a humble, single mind to follow Him in every capacity, no matter what.

DADDY'S GIRL

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)