April 20, 2012

Spirit-Filled Leaders Love

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- April 20, 2012

“Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.” Acts 6:3

Leaders, full of the Spirit of God, represent the Lord well in how they serve others. A leader led by the Lord loves well. They look beyond what a person can do for them, and seek to understand what they can do for their colleagues. Love asks what motivates others to feel appreciated. Is it time off, a kind word, an unexpected bonus, or just knowing they are cared about? A spirit-filled servant of the Lord loves well, as a boss under God’s authority.

Furthermore, we may find ourselves in a position of responsibility to choose leaders at our church, in our community or for civic duties. This process of wisely qualifying a leader cannot become a popularity contest concerning charisma, charm, and who communicates the best. We are wise to prayerfully select those who serve for the pleasure of the customers or the constituents. Look for leaders who lovingly look out for others first.

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” James 2:8-9

How are you doing as a leader who loves well? Yes, creating job opportunities is a good first step, but what about creating a culture of love? Not a workplace of mediocrity, but one of loving accountability. Team members are not made to believe in Jesus, but everyone is expected to behave like Jesus. As a leader do you model treating everyone with dignity? Janitors and Junior Associates alike receive your same respectful response.

So, how do you remain consistent in leading a Spirit-filled life? It is a daily surrender to your Savior Jesus and death to self. You are a leaky vessel that needs the Lord’s infusion of grace to fill you back up to the brim. Yesterday’s filling cannot compensate for today’s empty feeling. Engage your faith in humble confession for the Spirit’s fullness and He will fill you to overflowing. Like a sprinkler refreshes grass, the Spirit waters your soul, so seek His fullness. Spirit-filled leaders love in the power of the Lord’s love.

“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63

Prayer: Lord whom are you calling me to love and serve in Your name?

Related Readings: Job 32:18; Ezekiel 37:1; Luke 10:21; Acts 11:24

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Comments

  1. Angela Hawke via Facebook says:

    Love this! Ty

  2. Bob Carsey says:

    I don’ care for the way you ar doing the daily reading I liked it beter when you were doing scripture. I also wrote a commet before and noone got back to me.

    1. Boyd says:

      Bob, our new site is a work in progress. Has your issue been resolved?

  3. Marjorie Cox says:

    The word “leader” or leaders” is never mentioned in the New Testament. The only place they are mentioned is “Leaders of the blind” Paul always referred to himself as an “apostle” and his letters are always addressed to the “church”, or someetimes to an individual – like Timothy or Titus. “Shepherds” is the word to use. We are sheep. In the Master’s love, Marge.

  4. Dear Mr. Bailey and wisdom hunters staff, Hello, it has been enlightening and humbling to read and learn from your words of wisdom and truth. Everyday reading of your e-mails is so amazing. It makes me feel thankful and happy to know there are wonderful people such as you in the world and am honored to learn from wise and caring people sent from God to teach me. Even though these e-mail wisdom’s are a free subscription, it is worth much. It is wonderful to know that people who do not have much money can learn from your free wisdom. I pray that they will be led to this knowledge(website). Thank you and all the caring and courageous leaders, people and pastors who give wisdom, the knowledge of righteousness and salvation, and love to all who need it and seek it, including me. Family in Christ,
    Mrs. Kwak

  5. Dear Mr. Bailey and wisdom hunters staff, Hello, it has been enlightening and humbling to read and learn from your words of wisdom and truth. Everyday reading of your e-mails is so amazing. I agree with your wisdom of this article of the character of a true leader is love. That is what Jesus taught and showed by His actions while on this earth before His death and resurrection.
    Mrs. Kwak

  6. Servant leadership is so rare but inspires the world to follow look at mother Theresa and Gandhi two who gave their lives to service and inspired the masses Jesus said it this way.I don’t come tobe served but to serve and to give my life as a random for you! Let’s last our lives down

  7. Richard Jones says:

    We do not care for the new look.


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