The world we live in demands leaders. We need men and woman to organize, and to be in command in order to have a flourishing society and ultimately a flourishing world. As Christians we are called to be leaders. The Bible calls on us to be the greatest leaders. But often times we don’t know how to be a leader, or what that looks like.
This past Thursday Pastor Tim Truax came to visit us and taught us just that! What a leader is and how to lead. Believe it or not leadership is very relevant to us as Christians. Though most of us are not in a leadership position in the eyes of common people, we as Christians are called to be leaders. Tim tells us that “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:16-20) is our call to leadership. “To live a Christian life means to lead”, says Tim.
Gallup Strengths Center is a leadership organization that is mainly devoted to helping people find their strengths in leadership, and then using those strengths as an effective leader. Tim points out that Gallup’s standards of an effective leader line up exactly with what Jesus teaches. Their four standards of an effective leader are trust, compassion, stability and hope.
Gallup tells us, “People want to follow someone they trust.” Gallup claims that trust is the basis of leadership. In biblical terms we see the trait of trust in God himself. We see a load of prophecies throughout the Bible that are fulfilled, the big one being the first coming of the messiah. Tim tells us, “Trust in God shows that he promised something and has fulfilled it.” Tim uses the feeding of the 5,000 as a primary example of trust. The multitude had placed trust in Jesus to feed them. Trust is a huge theme in the Bible
Gallup tells us. “People want to follow someone that cares about them.” In Luke 15:1-7 Jesus gives us The Parable of The Lost Sheep as a primary example of compassion. We see an even greater example of compassion in the reality that God came down in the flesh to seek and save the lost. Jesus showed compassion to the lowest of the low, to the highest of the high, to everyone because he was a great leader. Being a great leader is showing compassion to those around us, believers and non-believers alike.
Gallup says, “Security, strength, peace, and consistency; people follow leaders who don’t change.” We are easily fooled into thinking that changing ourselves to conform to a “greater” person will make us better leaders. We always try to change to society’s standards of a leader. Tim highlights stability as consistency. In Matthew chapter 4 verses 1-11 we see Jesus is tempted by Satan. Jesus here shows stability and consistency in coming against satan with scripture. On a more relatable level Tim explains the significances of being stable and consistence by noting if we are not consistence and stable in Jesus, and when we fall, we will bring a whole following down with us. “When you live by the words of this book [The Bible] you are naturally a leader, and people naturally want to talk to you.” Consistency is key.
Gallup tells us, “Followers want to know that there is something more to come.” Hope is seen through out the bible in the first and second coming of Jesus. Those in the Old Testament hoped for a messiah, we in the New Testament hope for the messiah’s second coming. The Bible tells us that God has already prepared a place for us (John 14:1-3). This is our hope, that Jesus is coming back to take us to that place which he has prepared for us. Effective leaders lead with a hope.
In summary to be a Christian means to be a leader. To be an effective leader by both the world’s standards and the Bible’s standards means to be trustworthy, compassionate, stable (consistent), and hopeful. To listen to Pastor Tim’s sermon click here