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Leadership Lessons from Luke 5.21-26

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Leaders face many tests from the critics.

Once again we find Jesus facing a hostile group out to disprove him and his leadership. Jesus will face many more tests over the course of his ministry. You will face tests in the midst of your attempts to lead.

Leaders must have a call. Note what Paul tells us in Romans 1.6-7.

“And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be his own holy people.”

Has God called you to be a leader? You may not think so but the Bible would suggest otherwise. Each one of us are called. At the very least you are called to belong to Christ, receive salvation, move out of darkness, and called to make disciples. This is leadership.

You won’t fully embrace your call to lead until you realize you are called by God to follow.

Leaders must have conviction. Belief that what you are doing matters and makes a difference. Otherwise, why lead? Why endureĀ all the naysayers who question you, unless you have a message?

Leaders must have compassion. Note that Jesus bring healing to the paralyzed man. He was not simply interested in proving himself. It was his compassionate move that settled the argument.

Verse 26 tells us that the former critics were seized with amazement. “We have seen extraordinary things today.” They said.

Leaders amaze their critics by following their conviction to lead in the midst of criticism.

What has God called you toward?

What extraordinary things does God want to do through you today?

 

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Leadership Lessons From Luke 1.8-17

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A Collision with Destiny

I love how Zechariah ‘just happens’ to be serving as priest on this particular day. He was chosen by lot (verse 9) “while his division was on duty.”

There are moments when you may feel as if you are simply going through the motions and doing your job. It’s at these times that God has other plans. He has set you up for an encounter…a collision with destiny.

What fascinates me with this passage is that God was fully aware of the pain Zechariah and Elizabeth had been carrying in their life, not having a child. Yet He chose to wait until a specific moment in time to deliver the news to the couple.

He gives them instructions on how to care for and raise the child because he has a tremendous call on his life.

“And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” 1.16

You may feel barren in your call or leadership. You may feel as if you are simply going through the motions. You may feel forgotten. I assure you, God has not forgotten and has been working behind the scenes preparing you for a collision.

What He wishes to do in your life is far greater than you could have imagined when you entered this season. Continue to be faithful in what you’re doing today. It’s not an accident you find yourself serving.

What are you doing today in preparation for a birthing of destiny in your life?