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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 5.15-16

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As a leader you want people to follow you. It’s been said, “If you’re leading a group and no one is following you, you’re simply taking a walk.”

Great crowds gathered to hear Jesus speak. Additionally, the people came in from far away places to hear him. News about Jesus was spreading.

Who doesn’t want a great crowd? As leaders we all want to have more influence. Note a few things about these two verses.

  1. Jesus puts action to his message. He doesn’t just talk about healing but he does it. People want to ‘see’ the vision, not just hear about it. It’s called vision for a reason.
  2. The healed man spreads the word about Jesus. Do right by people and they will tell their friends. Use your gifts and people will want to hear more and share it.
  3. The writer, Luke, places Jesus’ preaching ministry ahead of his healing ministry. “…great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed…” Actions support the message, not the other way around.
  4. Jesus took time alone. He needed time to recharge and be refreshed. We all do.
  5. He prayed.

No one had more mission to accomplish than Jesus. He set out to bring salvation to the entire world. Yet there were times when he had to be alone and pray.

Make sure, you as a leader, do the same. Doing so ultimately helps those you are serving.

Which of the five things mentioned above do you struggle with the most?

How are you at taking time to be alone and pray?

 

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Leadership Lessons from Luke 5.6-11

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It’s been stated on more than one occasion that, people follow vision. We see this principle in action here is this moment. Men follow the lead of Jesus by putting their nets out in the deep water. This after a full day of fishing. They were tired, hungry and perhaps a bit frustrated.

In the midst of this, Jesus urges them to go back out for a catch. Once the men follow his lead they see the power and potential of this man. People are looking for leadership. People want to follow people who are leaders. But it goes much further than this one fact.

Of course knowing the end of the story is one advantage we have that the disciples did not. Peter and the others have no idea where this will carry them. Jesus knows. He is setting them up to become leaders. Shouldn’t this be the aim of each leader? To birth more leaders, capable of making more.

The men are simply happy to be following a leader. Little did they know that they will one day become leaders of the Church and the initial leaders of Christianity. Jesus takes a few men who were simple fishermen and turns them into world changers! That’s leadership!

Yet it doesn’t seem to be that the men would be leaders that draws them into following Jesus. It is something about Jesus that draws them. It is more than Jesus simply knowing how to fish. Regular fishermen would be happy to ask Jesus where the next catch would be and fish in that place next time. After all he had already led them to a great fishing spot once. Certainly he can do it again and again.

They see something in Jesus that compels them to leave their nets and lifestyle to follow.

What do you see in Jesus that urges you to follow?

What have you laid down in order to follow?

How is Jesus shaping your leadership? Where do you see him leading you?