Leadership can be an obsession. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. Life was intended to be lived with margins and boundaries and we must recognize that in leadership there is no exception. Leaders can get so committed and concerned with the needs and health of their own people that they neglect the number one priority…themselves. Ever been there? Ever felt like you’ve been running on fumes? I know I have.
John Wesley, a renowned minister and theologian, always asked his leaders this ONE question, “How is it with your soul?” In other words, how stable are you? What is the fruit of your life right now? I’ve been thinking on these questions the past few days and weeks. It’s a quietness and stillness that I must obtain to be an effective leader. Key word: EFFECTIVE. We can strive and work hard in our own power to influence others but is that producing lasting results?
We can never give others our best if we are not at ours.
The truth of the matter is that we cannot lead without seeking wisdom from the PERFECT LEADER. If I want to be a better teacher, coach, visionary, or builder, I must connect with the best teacher, coach, visionary, etc. of all time…Jesus Christ. This is Ultimate Leadership. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to counsel us and give us wisdom for our lives. He knows best and He knows how. Proverbs 4:7 makes it clear…”Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” How do we get wisdom? Simple. Just ask. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
I recently listened to a great message on how to make wisdom supreme in our lives and I want to share those four points with you here:
- Be in Search of Wisdom – Proverbs 2:4 says to look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure. Wisdom is more valuable than rubies, gold, and riches. When we see the benefits that wisdom produces in our lives…pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy…(James 3:17) then we will grow as individuals and become better leaders.
- Be Selective with Counsel – Who’s speaking into your life? We have to know what is good counsel and what is wrong counsel. The only way to know that is to know the Word of God, then we can discern truth from lie. The Bible says that Jesus is The Word and in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:3)
- Be Submitted to Wisdom – Proverbs says how wisdom SHOUTS in the streets and is apparent all around us. As leaders we can hear it but we must also be willing to receive the truth and apply it to our lives. When we do not submit to truth shouting to us and warning us in our face, it’s only an indicator of the condition of our hearts.
- Be in Relationship with THE COUNSELOR – Jesus is the answer! Wisdom points to Him! The Word of God points to Him! He is the WORD! Are we in awe of our King? It’s in humility that we can continue to grow higher.
Let’s connect daily with the Perfect Leader, The Wonderful Counselor, and let Him show us how to be the best we can be everyday. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!