You are a leader. Did you know that? Do you believe that? Leadership is often made more complicated than it really is. We think that if we don’t feel like a leader then we aren’t one or if we don’t have this huge following, then we aren’t one. Or if our circumstances don’t label us as a leader, then we aren’t one. But that is simply not true! I have been in leadership for 15 years and there are still days when I don’t feel like a leader. But, I am. God has called me to be one despite my feelings or circumstances.
The truth is, if you have any sort of influence at all, then you are a leader.
What do leaders do?
Leaders lead. And more than that, they lead by example.
The majority of my leading has involved youth. They watch everything that you do and listen to everything that you say. Whether it’s a good decision or a bad one, they notice it all. When you proclaim to be a Christian, a watching world does the exact same thing. They listen to everything that you say and they watch everything that you do…how you live.
Whether or not you believe it, you have influence in their lives. They are now looking for you to lead in some capacity…“set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (2nd half of 1 Timothy 4:12)
Your responsibility is to now lead by example.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1
One of the main goals of leadership is to model what you want replicated. What are we to model? We are to model the life of Christ…His love, His grace, His compassion, His holiness and His forgiveness.
The example of Christ is the only example worth setting. Any other example is temporary and fades away with the passing of time.
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” Philippians 3:17
Know that this life of leading by example is not one of perfection, but it is one of excellence. So we learn to walk out the fruit of the Spirit of self-control in our lives. We learn how to die to ourselves and let Christ’s desires trump our own . As long as we keep our gaze fixed on the One who leads us, we cannot help but be conformed more into His likeness.
This is where we become imitators of Christ.
This is where we become an example worthy of being imitated.