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  • Serve By Leading

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. Acts 15:37-38

    Sometimes a critical circumstance requires the leader to assert influence for the good of the whole. There is no time for collaboration, since what’s best for the mission can’t be jeopardized. Good people can disagree, but the leader is responsible to do what he or she thinks is right. The risk of a failed project takes precedent over the risk of relational rejection. Hopefully there is eventual relational restoration when a leader wisely serves by saying no and clarifying the course.

    Yes, leaders lead. It is a disservice for the one in charge to not give direction when a situation is sticky. God places us in positions of authority to serve others by leading them down prayerful and productive paths. Followers look to leaders to instruct with integrity and intentionality. So, even if our ill timed decision meets the disapproval of someone we respect, we still move forward by faith. We serve by leading in doing the next right thing and trusting the Lord for His results.

    And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. Psalm 78:72

     

    You serve by leading when you reassess a person's past failure in light of lessons they’ve learned and their current faithfulness to the task at hand. Grace gives you permission to extend a second chance, working to restore someone’s youthful indiscretion that tarnished their integrity. Perhaps you take this occasion to bring a coworker back into good standing, so they have an opportunity to prove their trustworthiness. You serve by leading when you lead a friend back into faith’s fold.

     

    Lastly, you serve by leading when you lead others into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. You lead well when the goodness of God wells up within you like the iconic geyser Old Faithful, intermittently boiling forth the refreshing fruit of the Spirit. The human heart is waiting for another human to lead them into an understanding of the Lord’s great grace. Indeed, the Spirit is interceding on behalf of unbelievers,  God will use you to introduce others to His Son Jesus.

    The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. Acts 8:34-35

    Prayer: Heavenly Father give me courage to serve by leading others to know the good news of Jesus Christ.

    Related Readings: Genesis 17:1; 1 Samuel 18:16; Isaiah 53:7; 2; Hosea 11:4; Timothy 4:11

    Post/Tweet today: Followers look to leaders to instruct them with integrity and intentionality. #leaders

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • Lead By Serving

    Posted on April 8, 2013 by Boyd Bailey

    Boyd

    Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God... After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3,5

    A servant of the Lord is secure in  his service to others. Thus, those with the power share the power when they serve. Jesus showed the way. He knew He was the most powerful person in the room, but He leveraged His position for those around Him. He modeled humble service, so His followers would be inspired to follow His example. Jockeying over power is jettisoned when humility supersedes pride, gratitude overwhelms getting, and the glory of God is preeminent.

    Are you caught up in power plays and politicking for a position at work, in your church or any other organization? If so, let go of the drive to win and win over your competition with your heart to serve. Be reluctant to seek a role with greater responsibility, let it come to you. You are effectively equipped to handle power when it doesn’t have control over you. You lead best in a position of authority when you first bow to the authority of Almighty God. Lead by serving.

    The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. Luke 22:26

    Are you weighed down by the weight of leadership? Perhaps you pray about a partner or successor who can share the burden of being the person in charge. Trust the Lord to send you someone with a complimentary skill set who can earn the respect of the team. One plus one equals ten when two willing leaders join forces for the benefit of the whole. Yes, share the power with another servant of Jesus and enjoy the wise stewardship of spreading the responsibilities.

    Moreover, you may need to step away completely, so the team will take ownership and lead the movement or organization beyond your capability. Leaders who let go gain the most, but leaders who hang on too long hang themselves. Your greatest service of all may be your exit strategy. Trust God to lead you to your next assignment and bring behind you His next humble leader full of energy and ideas. The legacy of your leadership will linger long, even after the memories of how you served!

    Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

    Prayer: Heavenly Father give me a heart of service like Jesus. I desire to give away power and rest in Your power.

    Related Readings: Isaiah 42:1; Luke 12:37, 22:27; John 13:13-16; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:7

    Post/Tweet today: You lead best in a position of authority when you first bow to the authority of Almighty God. #humbleleader

    © 2013 by Boyd Bailey. All rights reserved.

    Wisdom Hunters Resources / A registered 501 c3 ministry

    info@mail.wisdomhuntersdevotional.com / www.wisdomhunters.com

  • More than a Mission...

    Posted on May 14, 2012 by Family Christian

    James 1:27 describes the purest form of religion as caring for the “orphan and the widow in their distress.” So we know that adoption and orphan-care are close to the heart of God.  At Family, we’ve committed our hearts and action to their cause. In fact, 10% of what we make goes to support our non-profit foundation, The James Fund who passionately lives out this “true religion” every single day. So every time you shop with us, you’re causing this good work to continue – and changing lives forever.

    Fore more on The James Fund, click here.

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