Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 6, 2018
John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4
Some leaders do not fit the mold of modern day leadership. Instead of dressing the part, they dress comfortably or more functionally for their job. They are not enamored with outward appearance; rather, they are consumed more with inward convictions. Leaders who do not look the part need time to make their message clear and gain trust from the team.
How do you measure the success of leaders? Is it their ability to appear confident and in control, or is it their inner resolve to do the right thing, as God defines right? Indeed, be suspect of charismatic leaders who lack the courage to be consistent in their character. Pray for your preacher to be himself and not a rookie replica of the popular preacher down the street or on television. We need men of God who are authentic and upright.
“He [Goliath] looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him” (1 Samuel 17:42).
Plain leaders are plain spoken and do not unnecessarily draw attention to themselves. Their ordinary living gives over to extraordinary results. Because they do not desire attention, their principles and values have a lasting effect on individuals, the organization, and the community. Indeed, plain people are attracted to plain people for a purpose.
It is out of your ordinary leadership style that you have a platform to introduce others to your extraordinary Savior Jesus. Because you do not put on airs, almighty God has placed you in a position of trust; so use your influence for the Lord. Maybe the time is right to lead a Bible study at work or in your neighborhood. Have friends into your home so they can experience your authenticity. Plain leaders are content with modest and honest living. Therefore, seek to be a pure leader who perseveres because you have nothing to prove.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:6–8).
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me the courage to lead out of who You made me to be, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationAm I content and at peace with the way the Lord has created me to lead? Is my number one goal to lead for His pleasure?
Related ReadingExodus 4:13–15; 1 Timothy 3:1–12; 1 Timothy 6:3–5
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