This month’s guest blogger, Milt, has been a leader at our church for several years. We have been emphasizing the shepherding role of leadership in recent months. You could replace “leader” with “shepherd” in most places in this blog and gain the realization of what LifePoint Small Groups are about. As you read this listen to the heart of this shepherd and realize the bigger purpose about which he feels strongly.
All of us are leaders, every single one of us lead someone. It may be in our workplace, it may be at home, it may be at church; but all of us have leadership responsibilities and burdens. It’s not “Are we a leader?” The question is “What kind of leader are we?” Think of what that means; someone’s direction in some area of their life is being impacted by you! Your family, your friends, your co-workers, Do you really want that burden? How heavy is that? Whether you want it or not, it’s reality.
At the end of the day(s) everyone is responsible for their own decisions. I am not going to be held accountable for the decisions someone else may or may not have made in their life, but I am going to be called into account for the stewardship of the influence that God gave me. I have a choice to use my influence for God, or to use it for what I want. So that means that “What I do matters!” I had better choose wisely because there are consequences that echo throughout eternity that come with my action or inaction.
Jesus said this in Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (NIV) It’s not so I can get some glory and everyone can say, “Oh he is such a good teacher, or he is such a good leader” or anything like. It is so God get’s the praise!
People matter to God, so they should matter to me.
Here is the bottom line, I believe that the Bible teaches that what we believe and what we do matters. We are not in some play in which the script has already been written and we are just playing our part. God is big enough to be in control (sovereign) and yet give us the choice to follow Him and give ourselves to Him. God’s will, will be done and he knows what we will do, but we are not robots.
We need to choose to use the influence that He has given us to impact the world around us whether we lead an organization, a small group, our family or our co-workers.