Deborah the Chief Prophetess of Israel is a fantastic example of what it means to be a Christian leader. The respect and leadership quality can help us better understand and enhances the characteristic of Deborah as a leader and as a woman. She teaches us what it truly means to be a powerful moral Godly leader.
It was Deborah who taught us a Christian leader led the people of the LORD God in times when the Israelites had great difficulty. Israel had fallen away for the LORD God and they needed to be delivered. Deborah stood up to the call of the LORD and became a great leader. She spoke with the authority of the LORD and led the people of the LORD by her example.
A Christian leader has the calling of the Lord and therefore can lead by example and with Christian love. They have an ear of listening to the direction the Lord is guiding them to lead. It would become the Will of the Father not the will of the leader. There is no room for pride or vanity. Always give the glory to the LORD God not to feed the “self-ego.” The dream or vision of a Christian leader should be to bringing glory to the LORD God. This dream or vision must be communicated and then they must be able to motivate others toward the vision. Then allow the Holy Spirit to guide them.
Christian leaders are those who knows the people who are given to them by the LORD and takes the responsibility for them. It can be said that Christian leaders are good shepherds just like Jesus was a good shepherd. “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” (John 10:14-16). Like a shepherd a Christian leader must lead their followers by example just as Jesus has lead us. Leading in righteousness and encouraging others to follow his example as the Christian leader follows the example of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Christian leader should be feeding and nourishing their followers with the Word of God. When the tempter came to Jesus, he said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” (Matthew 4:3). Jesus replied “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4).
Christian leaders must also must protect those under their leadership from the false teachings of those who would lead them astray from the truth of the Scripture. They can never loose site of the fact that Jesus Christ: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).
The Christian leader must communicate his vision to others. It is the ability to convey his vision, insight and even his belief to others. This communication should attract those followers and they should be able to understand the vision and be willing to make this vision a reality whatever the hindrance or sacrifice.
The visions of the Christian leader must be more than a dream. The vision must be honorable that is righteous and have the ability to give glory to the LORD. A Christian leader must always be praying and receiving guidance from the Holy Spirit. A Christian leader is instructed by Jesus Christ to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20).
Christian leaders, by the mercies of God, should present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is their reasonable service. They shall not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of their mind that they may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Christian leaders should not think of themselves more highly than they should think. Everything we are given is through the grace given by the LORD God. (Romans 11:1-3). It is imperative that the Christian leader realizes they can do nothing of them self. John said it best when he said: “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30).
Jesus came down from, not to do his own will, but the will of his Father that sent him. The Father’s will which sent Jesus, that of all which the Father God gave into Jesus he should not lose any, but should raise it up again at the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:38-40).
The Christian Leader is called by the Lord and given a vision. This vision is the Will of the Father not the will of the leader. The Christian leader will give the glory to the LORD God. The Christian leader allow the Holy Spirit to guide the vision or dream. The focus of the Christian leader is to communicate the vision to glorify the LORD God. The Christian leader should be feeding and nourishing their followers with the Word of God. Teaching those the LORD God has brought to the Christian leader to observe all things whatsoever the LORD God has commanded.
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