Job position, scope of work, pay and schedule – are the top consideration when people look into job posts. Human being by nature focuses on looking after the title, what we need to do, how much we can get, and how much of our time will be spent in terms of doing something from our job, our social life, and on something which we are called to be by God.
Are you in leadership right now? Or being challenged to be a leader? It is not coincidence that you are reading this blog.
The Nobility of Leadership
Leadership is noble. If so what does the Bible wants us to know about nobility? The Bible says in Isaiah 32:8 “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand”
The 4 Humble Reminders
1. Job Position
Remember that being a leader is a noble job, it is not about the title but must focus on why God has called you. In Acts 20:28, leaders are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be overseers and shepherd of God’s church.
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28)
2. Scope of Work
Leader comes from Indo-European word “leit” which means “the one who holds the flag in the front of an army”. Followers of Jesus are all considered warriors, but a group of warrior must have it’s God-lead leader in order to guide the way where the team must go to conquer. Otherwise, each warrior would have to fight without direction.
We do not lead to impose laws of man-made origin but to draw the people closer to God (Psalm 145:18, Psalm 73:28). We need to set as a modest example from the inside out, with the true representation of Jesus – Spirit is caught not taught.
As we keep our submission to God and continue to obey His direction, God as what Paul said as encouragement to the people of Corinth on his second letter, will surely keep His covenant with us. In 2 Corinthians 15:58, Paul says
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”The same thing was addressed to Galatians.
“Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9)
Proper time scheduling should be exercise in order to balance ministry, family life and personal life. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:15-17 to “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
Congratulations! You are “Hired”!
Faith is the main currency used in the Kingdom of God. As early as now, exercising how to use this can help us win any spiritual battles we might encounter. As we work more for the advancement of His Kingdom, know that more distractions and trials will be faced ahead. Keep in your heart that “God has given us gifts and His calling is irrevocable” (Romans 11:29)
I thought my life was fine flowing based on my plans and will until He has changed the road i am travelling into the road that leads to Him – along that way I met Jesus.
A self-centred life became God-centred as I learned to honour and to devote myself to the One who has endured it all to save a wretch like me.
I am a favoured engineer by God at work, but serves as a Sunday School teacher (a builder) at Hope Church Singapore (in His Kingdom). It is because I see the value of reaching out the kids at their young age for Jesus.
To share testimonies on how God is changing me into whom He wanted me to be is one of the encouragement I can tell the world, but it is He who should gain the honour. Apart from him I have no good things.
I spread the seeds, some may water it but it is only God who can make it grow.