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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 1.46-56

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Your vision is meant to compliment another vision.

Singing fills the atmosphere as Mary encounters Elizabeth and her child. I’m not sure I’ve ever had anyone sing upon entering a room with me in it. Mary expresses great joy upon discovering Elizabeth is pregnant and that she will share in this same experience.

Just as a finely tuned orchestra, our vision plays in harmony with the bigger purpose. Vision in a leader’s life is always more exciting when that leader discovers others are pregnant with vision also. This holds especially true when another’s vision is to compliment yours and vice versa.

God looks upon Mary as a carrier of great vision due to her being able to lead herself. Verse 48 tells us this as Mary sings, “he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.” In other words, she was living right before God prior to receiving vision.

We must be able to lead ourselves before we can lead others.

1.56 – “And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.”

Mary and Elizabeth talk. They discuss how the visions will work together for a greater good. They pray together, laugh, serve and hope. There is no jealousy of the other’s vision. Each is assigned a specific task.

God has given you vision as a leader. It’s time to discover how this vision compliments others as they walk pregnant with vision.

 

 

Why I Don’t Like My Prayer Life

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A few years ago I was able to go to Israel. One of our stops included the Garden of Gethsemane. The place where Jesus prayed, prior to His death on the cross. Looking back on this…

I discovered something about myself through my own prayer life.

I don’t like the way I pray. Why? Because it reveals so much about who I am, who I’ve yet to become and what’s in my heart. I found, through my prayers, that I’m pretty selfish.

I guess I’ve known this for some time, as I’ve often prayed, “help me not to be so selfish.” However, even in that prayer it reveals my selfishness. I hate to admit this but my prayer life has become about me.

I don’t know how long this has been going on and I guess it doesn’t matter. What does matter is turning the corner on this, and soon. So beginning today my prayers will be less about me and more about others.

This morning several prayers were offered up for extended family members and friends. My speaking with God included other nations and my own community. Prayers for another pastor and his wife were uttered as well as a couple facing a major surgery.

My pastor and his wife were included as well. God heard me offer up prayers for my wife, kids (who aren’t kids anymore) and grandkids. My final words came in the form of gratitude for all God has done in and through me and for others.

Perhaps moving from ‘I’ centered prayers to ‘other’ centered prayers is an answer to my selfishness, greed, lusts, pride,…well the list continues.

So here goes…how can I pray for you?