Leadership doesn’t have to be lonely!
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Text: Matthew 28:18-20 “Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Memory Verse: John 14:17 “He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.”
Leadership is a position of responsibility. While some are elected by values and qualifications, some are born into the lineage of leadership, acquiring it based on their position in the family. In light of automatic rights, it almost becomes impossible for such to refuse the position, but some people still do. An old proverb says “uneasy is the head that wears the crown” and this I believe because unless you are leading in any capacity, you may not know the level of responsibility and weight attached to the position; hence being in the driving seat can be lonely. But the good news is that, Jesus our only true leader remains merciful, He has a way of showing us how to be successful leaders without being lonely. Promising to be with us all the way.
For most of my student life, I was working as business manager and whiles it was an enviable position. It quickly became very lonely as most people never see you as being on their side because you’re their boss. The position attracted more enemies than friends, more gaps than closeness, more eye service than genuineness, but one of the many lessons learnt from managing a large number of employees is that if I can focus on the life of Jesus as a leader, then I will be a successful leader and not lonely.
While there are motivational books and seminars that teaches about leadership, the most successful leaders are those who depend on God as their source. Being a child of God is a position of leadership! You may not have a title attached to your name but it remains important to understand that your life as a Christian means you have automatically being enrolled into a Christian leadership program, directed by God and facilitated by the Holyspirit. Christ’s actions as below can be emulated.
As a Christian and leader, your life will be filled with facing daily challenges both physically and spiritually so you don’t need the additional burden of being lonely. Being lonely can mean you may eventually become discouraged and eventually burn out so you don’t need to live in isolation and loneliness. Jesus moved with people.
Jesus led his disciples but He also called them friends John 15:13-17. Jesus understood the idea behind leadership so while He worked closely in leading them right, He had friends outside the team He lead, Matthew 11:5,11 and during His time on earth He knew and submitted to the authority of God the Father.
Your position of authority is not one which should make your life miserable but that which should reflect who you submit to. Jesus is our greatest leader, role model and friend and His leadership style brings the human in you to light Matthew 26:38, He openly admitted his personal struggles to His disciples and at that time , He was expressing himself as a friend to his closest friends .
Leadership can be interesting and doesn’t have to be lonely if you are truly be led by Christ. You know that not only will you be successful but you will also be a Christian who knows that even when it seems like there is no one out there to turn to, you can always speak to Jesus and He will give you the wisdom needed to do things right.
Don’t be a lonely Christian, learn at the feet of Jesus, He is with you always.
- Father I thank you for bringing us safely into this new month of April 2020
- Thank you for your unending faithfulness and being there for me
- I receive the power to be a successful and not a lonely leader
- I absorb wisdom from your feet of teaching.
- Forgive my iniquities Lord and let your mercy prevail over judgement
- Thank you Father and in Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
I’m reading the YouVersion plan ‘Bible in One Year 2020 With Nicky Gumbel’. Check it out by clicking on the caption below.