Motivation

Sometimes as we enter into leadership, our motives are not purely what God would have them to be. Our motive should always be to glorify God and bring others to know Him in a greater way. Any motive that seeks to promote self or bring glory to self will be exposed to you by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes what you may think is your motivation is not really what is moving you deep down in your heart. God will use the time of preparation to purify your motives and show you any hidden area of incorrect motivation. A good scriptural example of this is in I Samuel 15, when Saul did not kill all the animals as he was instructed to do, but saved some of the best of them to sacrifice to God. On the surface his actions seemed honorable, but God showed him truth. In I Samuel 16:7 (NIV), the Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”.

Allow the Lord to purge any area of motivation that is not to His glory. Remember, always, that it is by His Spirit that these miracles occur. Glory is too heavy for us to carry; it’s too hot to handle. Whatever glory comes to you as a result of your ministry, give it to the Lord immediately and receive His blessing. May we always point people to Jesus!

Service

how to clean windows  Being a leader means being a servant. Jesus said in Matthew 23:11 (KJV), “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Again in John 13:15 (NIV), after He had washed the Apostles’ feet, Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and He gave us the example that we are to follow as leaders. The needs of your people, of those placed in your care, must be utmost on your hearts.

You must be constant in intercession for those with whom God has entrusted to you. In our culture we are not taught to serve. Our economic system teaches us that it’s every man for himself and that it is weak to bow to the needs of another. Jesus taught something far different though. He said that it is in dying to self and seeking to fulfill others that we find our own fulfillment. It is God, not man, who promotes. We are told to humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift us up (James 4:10). God never misses anything you do for His kingdom and, in due season, He will give recognition to you.

Joseph is a good scriptural example of someone who had God’s promise for leadership and kept a low profile until God raised him up. In Genesis 37:5-10, Joseph received God’s vision that he would rule over his brothers. The following years, though, were spent in slavery and prison. Joseph continued steadfast, despite his circumstances, and was humble and obedient in each situation. There were many times when he could have exalted himself, but he chose, instead to wait on God’s timing and promotion.

There was even a time in Genesis 40:14 that he tried to get man to help him achieve his desires, but man failed to be of help (Genesis 40:23). In Genesis 41:41, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all of Egypt. His promotion was greater than he had ever expected from the initial promise. Allow God to bring you into the fullness of what He has planned for you.

The key to doing more is being faithful in what you have been given. If God has given you a big vision, maybe a whole city or region, or even a country, be faithful in the leadership of your group and He will take care of that which is on your heart. Sometimes people ask to be moved out in greater areas of leadership before they are ready. The first thing to look for in the lives of potential leaders is what kind of fruit is being produced. Consistently good fruit indicates diligence in the call of God and faithfulness in prayer over that which has been entrusted.

Luke 16:10 “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

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