I was visiting a church when I heard a guest speaker speak on spiritual leadership. Not just church leaders. He reminded us all that we are leaders. We may lead at a church, lead a group, lead at work, lead our children or maybe we are the child leading the parents. We all lead and or influence someone. And we all need to be spiritual leaders because the people out there in this world are famished!
We need to ask God who we are to lead. Not only will He show us, He will equip us and transform us. We should, ALL, (that includes you and me) have a grace filled ministry! We need to commit to doing the will of God. Leadership is not easy. Paul experienced affliction in every city and imprisonment! He paid a great cost to preach the Gospel but he pressed on.
Being a spiritual leader also cost us discipline. When we are disciplined we train to improve our strength and self control. We grow our faith with God's Word, we spend time in prayer and praise. To prepare our souls we must prepare ourselves and let God work on and through us. If God doesn't work on me constantly all you would see is a worrier, controller, mean, proud, ugly and the list goes on. But God kills our ego and we know we are nothing without Him. We cannot be a spiritual leader without God constantly working on us! God expects us to be bold. I love the way the pastor said it, "being a spiritual leader is an eternal mission from God."
1 Samuel 2: 35, "I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his priestly house, and they will minister before my anointed one always." Samuel was faithful to God. We are to be faithful to Jesus. We must acknowledge Jesus is our High Priest. We are all called to be faithful priests, priesthood of believers, the body of Christ. We have to be faithful to God to do "what is in my heart and soul." If we expect to do what is of God then we must keep focused on Him. Hebrews 3: 1, "Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest."
We are accountable for the gifts God gives us. Think of the gifts He has given you. Think of the resources, abilities and positions God has given you. They are given to us to fulfill His purposes and plans and to use for God's glory. If we do not use these gifts we will miss out on His blessings! God can do anything and He can fulfill His plan with or without us. He will raise up for himself a faithful priest.