Conviction

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 endure 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?

 

Leadership Lessons from Luke 4.16-19

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If we can’t lead our homes we can’t lead the masses. Following a period of temptation and with a message to deliver to the people, Jesus returns home to Nazareth. Your leadership and vision begin at home.

Lead at home.

As dysfunctional as religion was in his days he continues to make his way to the synagogue on the Sabbath. Rather than speak against it, he sets out to make a difference (verse 16). Again we are led to understand that Jesus’ vision is to work to make things right rather than sit on the sideline to criticize and condemn.

Lead with conviction, courtesy, confidence and compassion.

Verse 17 tells us the scroll was handed to Jesus. As leaders we would well to remember that it is God who hands us vision and authority. Jesus didn’t come in demanding anything. He came in as was his custom. In other words he had come in several times before and not asked to read or speak. Jesus understood the need for discipline and humility.

There is leadership in silence and discipline.

It is in this moment that he shares his mission. Once again we see that his entire aim is to use his life to bring hope to others. This is the purpose of a leader’s life. He was out to love, serve and bring life to others.

Luke 4.18-19

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
    that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”

In what ways are you leading your home?

How are you embarking on a journey of discipline?

How is this opening doors for you to lead?