Plain Leaders… “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
How do you measure the success of a leader? 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 themselves 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.
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 the attention, their principles and values have a lasting affect 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, and because Almighty God has you in a position of trust, use your influence for the Lord. Maybe the time is right to lead a Bible study at work or in your neighborhood, or have friends into your home, so that they can experience your authenticity. Plain leaders are content with modest and honest living.
“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). Plain leaders persevere because they have nothing to prove.
Am 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?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading? How will I respond?
March 3, 2021
“Love is what keeps me free to grow a robust trust in the Lord, and a humility to learn the ways of the Lord.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 3, 2021 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5, NASB I [...]
March 2, 2021
“Who is Jesus and who is He to me?” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 2, 2021 For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:28 This morning I’ve been thinking about how so many of [...]
March 1, 2021
“The inoculation for isolation’s pain is to first totally trust the loving touch of Jesus.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 1, 2021 A man with leprosy came to Jesus, imploring Him and kneeling down, and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean. Moved with compassion, Jesus [...]