Motivational Gift of Leadership

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

A leader is someone who God inspires with ideas and plans and other people agree to follow him or her. God gives leaders the ability to see potential in people and situations. They are visionary in terms of seeing what could be. They think of possibilities and usually can see people’s talents and gifts. They seem to know what should be done, are able to plan and organize people and resources for the purposes of God to be fulfilled. Because of them, ministries are started; churches are built; outreaches are formed; the gospel is spread throughout the earth.

A leader can see strengths in others and usually help others develop their spiritual gifts because of it. The leader will encourage the sheep to use their gifts and talents. A true leader cares for the people with him or her as a shepherd does for the sheep. A true leader never exploits the gifts of someone. Caring deeply about your people is an important aspect of leadership. A true leader is always ready to release trained people into ministry, train new people and do new projects for God’s glory.

Leaders may be Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. God uses them within the body of Christ. Servants who are faithful in ministry usually are appointed leadership roles. God has special words for those in leadership. He holds them to a higher standard because they are examples to the sheep.

Acts 20:

28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to the entire flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

1 Peter 5:

2 Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, take care of them, not by constraint, but willingly, not for dishonest gain, but eagerly. 3 Do not lord over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.

 

Should you be in some type of leadership role, pray over yourself that God would direct you, use you and help you to serve by connecting people with purpose. Read 1 Timothy 3: 1-4 concerning the standards of leaders.

 

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