Everyone is a leader. You might be thinking this statement is false, but it’s not. We all lead in some way. Someone is looking up to you and watching you always. The toddler looks up to the preschooler. The preschooler looks up to the elementary aged child. The elementary kids look up to the junior highers… All this continues throughout life. Someone doesn’t have to be older than you in order for you to look up to them or for you to make an impact on their life.
Hebrews 6:12 tells us to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit God’s promise. When we look up to people, we think they have something we don’t or are better at doing something. There are many reasons people impact our lives. The idea is that we should, to the best of our ability, impact people for the better and in a positive way. We should lead them in the path God wants us to go.
How do we do this? First, we should follow Christ. Let him be your example. Let him lead you. He has given the Holy Spirit to lead and guide into all the truth. Psalm 73:24 says that God tenderly and wisely leads us. Of course, where he leads will always line up with what his word says.
Then the Bible has many things to say about how a leader acts. We will cover a few of them.
In order to lead people into a “God-saved life”, as the Message Bible states, becoming a servant in whatever way we can is a must according to 1 Cor. 9:22. You might be thinking that servants aren’t leaders, but Jesus said whoever is the greatest among you is the servant of all. We lead through our example of serving others.
1 Corinthians 13:13 reveals there are 3 things that lead us to completeness – trusting steadily in God, having unswerving hope and loving extravagantly. As we walk in these three qualities we lead others to walk toward the completeness we have in Christ.
James 1:13 out of the Message Bible tells us to “lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue and let anger straggle along in the rear.” The King James Version says to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to wrath. As we lead we should listen… listen to God and listen to the needs and ideas of others. We should talk less. Proverbs says in the multitude of words, sin is not absent. A good leader doesn’t say a lot and doesn’t allow anger to control them.
A good leader motivates, leads down right paths and treats people fairly, Proverbs 16:10.
In these few scriptures I have given, we can see that everyone of us lead in some way or another. Our goal should be to lead others to Christ through our words and actions to the best of our ability.