Why Take the Lead?
We’ve been meeting for almost seven years, but it was my first time leading the large family bible study that former members of my old church in Albany had formed. This group had taught me what I know, given me the tools to identify and deal with Cults and now here we were sitting in a small living room at the home of one of the families and they were all looking to me.
That night I wasn’t using a specific text, I was giving a brief overview of the book of Titus. I had an outline that I nervously passed around to everyone, one that I liked very much and had spent several days working on. We began the study and let the spirit lead the discussion, as probably the youngest person ever to lead the study it was interested to see where the conversation went. It was interesting, it was nice, it was cool.
I didn’t volunteer to teach that night this summer, I was asked by the older men of the bible study, men who have led us through so many books of the bible, men who have a combined 200 years of teaching experience, a lot more than my five or six, yet they let me lead and teach them, they then gave me great feedback on how I did and on my content.
At a young age I find that my aspirations to lead are far from encouraged. It would seem that if you are not a sanctioned student leader your leadership positions don’t get noticed. That’s fine, the purpose of taking the lead is not for our recognition, the purpose is to bring glory to God. But the question of “Why take the lead?” shouldn’t just be answered with that, no, instead much patience and study should be put into the matter of leadership, much training and a willingness to learn and to make mistakes.
Yes our purpose is to bring Glory to God, to find our happiness in Him, but if there were no teachers with that understanding how would others know. But leaders have another purpose,; look at what Paul says to Titus in Titus 1:5. “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (ESV). Paul goes on to give a list of what an Elder should be like, leaders put others in place to help them fulfill their ministry.
But that also comes with a weight of responsibility; at 10:31 Life Ministries that responsibility falls on me, I put the leadership together (hopefully by the leading of the Lord) and so I am responsible for what they may or may not be teaching, how they treat those they are leading (i.e those on the writing team). I also have the responsibility of initiating things that need to be done, and give the organization at direction and goals that are attainable. While the others who lead alongside me do the same.
So why should we lead if we have to have responsibilities? If our sole purpose is to bring glory to God in everything we do then why can’t we do that as followers? Well some of you are followers, some of you don’t have the gift for leadership, that’s okay, not everyone is a leader just as not everyone is an evangelist.
But for those who are leaders, those who do have leadership skills and gifts like Administration step up and TAKE THE LEAD. Done with the right training and guidance you may be able to change a generation for the better, to lead is to surrender, but the benefits of leadership, the advance of the kingdom of heaven is more rewarding and a lot more fun than just sitting around and doing nothing.
So get out there and take up the calling you are being prepared for, put around you advisors and teachers who will help you and guide you, you never know where God will lead you. This year as we explore God’s call to leaders and leadership we’ll talk about a number of subjects from “How we lead” to “Women in Ministry.” We’ll look at what Paul says about leadership and what Jesus said about leadership and we will do our best to answer the question…