There is a saying that goes "If you think you are leading but you look back and no one is following, then you are just taking a walk." Just because you have a title that goes with a leader doesn't mean that people are going to follow. I started pastoring a church when I was 23 years old. I had the title pastor, but I really didn't become the church's leader until I had been there about a year and I had dealt with some difficult situations. The final chapter of 1 Peter starts out dealing with expectations for leaders, but it also subtly addresses another important truth: great leaders must first learn to be great followers. There are times when all of us, even those in leadership, are called to submit to the authority of others. One of the greatest verses that any future leader can learn is verse 6 "humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time." Do you want to be a great leader now or some day in the future? Then be humble. Humility under the power and authority of God is one of the greatest attribute any leader can have. It will cause you to transfer your care to God (v7) and be vigilant against the Devil who seeks to destroy you and those you lead (vv 8-9). You will then naturally want to shepherd others and set a proper example for them (vv 1-4). Even the business world has taken note that humility helps makes great CEOs. Jim Collins, who wrote the best selling business books Good to Great and Built to Last noticed in his research of great companies that they were led by humble leaders. So, don't just go for a walk. Lead the right way. Lead with humility. You will be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
Frank Banfill is an author, international speaker, and president of MaxPoint Ministries, whose purpose is to help individuals, churches and ministries reach their full potential.Please share this blog with your family & friends. Not a subscriber? Sign up now at www.FranksBibleBlog.com.