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?