Leadership is about making dreams happen
Titus 1:7-9: 7Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (New International Version)
As I come to an end of my time as CEO of Bible Society New Zealand I am finding myself thinking a lot about my leadership. I absolutely love being a leader!! I love being able to inspire others towards the fulfilment of a dream. To see people realise that more is possible, that a mundane reality is not permanent and that they can truly be great. And under Jesus all things are possible!! Why not dream big? Why limit God?
And a massive part of leadership is seeing our work as God’s work. And from this flows an awesome responsibility as a Christian leader (or a leader who is Christian) Titus lays the challenge out, to be blameless, not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. At the root of these is the leader abusing their power, taking their authority and using it for personal gain. Whereas Godly leadership isn’t focused on what the leader can get, but what the leader can give. As Paul shares in Titus, a leader must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. These are qualities that positively affect others, are thoughtful towards others, not about me gaining anything but about you realising your dream.
And this is achieved through holding firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, to knowing the Bible intimately. Wow!!
Praise God for this awesome reading!
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