This is not only the final component of a godly leader’s attitude – it is the point of our service! Of course, it is Spirit of the Lord that makes people and places better, but God also has chosen to do much of this work through men and women. It is a special privilege, and an awesome responsibility, to be called upon to influence and touch so many people this way.
Here is what Jesus had to say about it:
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16: NKJV)
No matter what your calling or ministry within the Kingdom of God may be, as a Christian leader you have been gifted with a platform from which to impact the lives of many people. It helps to have a personal way to remind ourselves of that reality.
I have found these affirmations helpful. Say them, believe them, and confess them:
– I am God’s ambassador.
– God wants to use me, and I will cooperate with Him.
– God wants me to share His love and redemption.
— I am honored to bring His presence and power to every person I meet and every situation I face.
A number of years ago, I heard a true story about a crippled, single mother that underscores this attitude beautifully. She faithfully attended her church and had a passion to see it grow. She asked her pastor if she could start some children’s Sunday school classes. He agreed, though privately he doubted she would be able to do much given her handicap and the challenges of raising her own family alone. Little did this pastor know that he had unleashed a spiritual tigress!
Stu Johnson is the Executive Administrator for Grace International Churches and Ministries, Inc. Stu has extensive ministry experience as a conference speaker, youth pastor, college and career pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, and district superintendent. He was also an Air Force officer for 30 years, retiring in 1999 as a Colonel. He has led organizations of 5 to 6,000 people. He has been married to Debbe for over 48 years and has 2 children, Andrew, a Vice Principal and Lisa, a medical doctor.