21 Aug

Follow the leader

Are you called to live a life worth following?

A challenge for those who desire to lead:

Are our lives scalable and duplicatable?

“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.” 2 Timothy 2:2

We are called to produce reproducers.

Classes produces classes.

Lectures produce lecturers.

Disciples produce disciples.

Faithful men produce faithful men.

Purpose-driven leaders produce purpose-driven leaders.

A life worth following is caught more than taught.

It requires life on life. 

One on one interaction as we are called to duplicate ourselves.

Are we worth duplicating?

Would we want others to model our lives?

If they really knew us, what would they discover? What dark realities linger in the shadows of our lives?

Are we leaders worth following?

You can’t share what you don’t have.

What do we have to share?

Are we who we say we are?

Are we able to say as Paul, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.”

We have been forewarned.

“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1

We must take our calling very seriously and ask ourselves in silence before the Lord, are we leaders worth following?

What makes us creditable? 

What well of experience are we drawing from? 

Are we walking the talk? 

How close is our mouth to our feet? 

Faking it until we make it is not an option when aspiring to lead others into battle. The risk of casualty remains forever an unmeasurable reality.

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.” 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:6‬-7 NIV‬‬

What example are we setting? Are our lives models for other believers?

Does doing so require perfection? Are we capable of living without fault, error or mistake? What criteria disqualifies us from leading?

We are called according to His purpose, to be filled with the Spirit and led by His word.

Without this daily commitment we have become derelict of our duties and deemed unfit to serve.

We would do well to take seriously the roles we play in the lives of others as we practice spiritual disciplines essential for living a life worth following. 

“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11