Calvary greetings in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and I welcome you to the month of October. This month we would be looking deeply on the subject of ‘Biblical Leadership’. It is my prayer that the leader in you will emerge during this series in Jesus name.
At the beginning of this year, God declared unto us that this is the year of His Fullness. The bible admonishes us in 3 John 2 that “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God wants us to live life to the fullest. John 10:10 says that Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. The Body of Christ today is in dire need of genuine leadership. Identifying, training, developing and sustaining leaders is a key task for the Church today. Globally, most nations are fiercely secularising and we as a people are gradually drifting beyond boundaries and need to stick to the dividing lines between the world and the church. Many are concerned about how we will produce biblical leaders who will teach and equip the Church for the pressures today and demands of the coming years. The Church at all levels really need leaders with focus to be able to wade off the pressures and influences of the world system.
We are all leaders at various levels of influence and there are three main questions we need to constantly ask ourselves. Firstly, is the question of who am I? It is actually difficult to be the right kind of leader that God designed you to be unless you know and believe what the Bible says about you. The Bible says you are: The light of the world (Matt.5:14); The salt of the earth (Matt.5:13); An ambassador (2 Cor. 5:20); A royal priesthood (1 Pet.2:9); and a king and a priest (Rev.5:10). Therefore, in simple terms, you are who God says you are all by His grace (1 Cor. 15:10). Nothing less!
The second question is where am I going? In Acts 26:19, Paul said: “… I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.” You are a pilgrim on a journey, going where your vision leads you. This is all about your vision. Your vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in your heart. A clear, simple vision lifts morale and increases energy; it provides focus and helps us to set clear goals. I am sure that where you are at this time is not by accident or designed by you, but God planned it all so that you can be where He wants you to be and doing what He wants you to do.
Thirdly, is the question of why am I going there? You are here to act in accordance with the plan of God and to fulfil His purpose for your life. This is the only way to find joy in your assignment. God’s purpose for you to be where you are at this time is not to get all you can get but to give all you can give to bring a positive change to your environment. Our assignment is to see that Christ is formed in the life of everyone around us and all over the world. May God’s grace keep you as you discover and fulfil His purpose for your life in Jesus name.
Dr. Akpo Onduku
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