The Transformed Leader
The spiritual leader lives with a higher calling. At the core of this calling lies the reason – the gospel. Not only has the gospel redeemed his life from destruction, it is the conviction that motivates every spiritual leader to invest himself in those in his sphere of influence. The gospel fuels his conviction, because within the gospel is the bread of life – Jesus Christ. The cross is his wisdom and informs every aspect of his ministry. It defines and hones his message and ultimately gives credence to true success – whether the God of the gospel is glorified or diminished. The gospel is not peripheral; it is central.
So, when steps to effective leadership are given, they should not be manmade steps born out of human reasoning. Those steps must have biblical gospel implications – the humility of our Lord, His forgiveness, His grace, a commitment to His glory, and undeserved love.
The Gospel-centered leader reflects Christ to others in his leadership. He is passionate while being grounded in the truth. He reflects a sanctified life in his interactions with those he leads. These traits are genuine, not forced. They are fruit born out of a life that is centered in the person of Christ. They are not profound truths except in their ability to transform a life.
Let’s take a look at a few.
1. Genuine love
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 [ESV]
2. Walking in the Spirit
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:16&17 [ESV]
“In these days he [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.” Luke 6:12 [ESV]
4. Love for the word
But he answered, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
“Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
These are a good place to start for any who aspire to leadership.