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Plastic Leader? No Thanks

March 3, 2010

Titus 1:15-16 15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good. (New Living Translation)

I am still thinking about leadership.  For me leadership isn’t a position but who I am, so as a wonderful friend pointed out to me, when I finish as CEO I will still be a leader and God will still use me.  Real leadership comes from God calling and equipping, not the position they are in, and the ideal is to match the two, so that our leaders are people who have a genuine calling to leadership.

And as a leader I am very conscious about how to best influence people around me.  I have a dream to see the church come alive, for people to intimately know Christ, to be transformed into more of what God intended them to be, to be living their lives full on for Jesus!

And as leadership is the ability to make this dream a reality, how then do I make this a reality?

One significant way comes from the Titus reading:  I live my life in such a way as to inspire and encourage those around me toward fulfilling that dream.  What I say, what I share here on this blog are important, but what I do, how I live my life is way more important.  For the decisions I take in how I interact with my wife, my children, how I treat a complete stranger, or what I do when no one is looking, that is when my heart is revealed.

The challenge of leadership for me is that as a leader I can become almost manufactured, a careful construction of what I think others want to see.  And so things are said which aren’t backed up with how I live my life.  This is in part, why I believe as a leader I need to be more real, to honestly share that I am working away at issues, dealing with sin just like everyone else.  I don’t want to be some sort of manufactured leader, but to be me.  And that will do for one major reason – I am called by God to be a leader!

Praise God!

Mark Brown

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28 Comments
  1. Jo Heatley permalink

    Mark, because you live out your walk with the Lord so transparently, by allowing us to look over your shoulder, you have allowed God to touch so many hearts. Not only this, you have made yourself approachable to us all as we know that you are being real and therefore have an understanding of our experiences and struggles. Much the same as our Lord Jesus, as He has experienced what it is to be human and understand allthe struggles we face.
    Being pure of heart is key, because if our heart is pure so our motives will be and then so will our actions. By journeying deeper into God , as you have encouraged us to, will help us stay close to God and allow Him to purify our hearts minds and souls.
    As a leader the way you live out your life will reflect your relationship with the Lord, which is so important as how can you preach what you do not practice and expect others to follow! When you have revealed your thoughts and reflections to us it is clear that your relationship with the Lord is close and so this encourages us to trust you and trust in what you are teaching us. As a result you have fullfilled your role as we will have a
    deeper relationship with our Lord.
    Thank you Mark for your transparency and may God continue to bless you x x

    • Jo, thank you for your insight. I feel that God pointed me towards this blog and to help me learn from others like you and Mark. I try so hard to walk the talk and be pure in my actions. What you said about Jesus being human in your reply is helpful for me. I am a 7th grade teacher and everyday I end losing my patience with at least one of my classes. I really feel that God’s calling for me is to teach but I get so frustrated when I lose my patience. I feel that Iam not walking in faith. That my actions are not pure as my heart aches to be.

      Jo and Mark that you for being here for me this evening. God Bless You!!!

  2. Shelia permalink

    This posting really touched me today, Mark, as I struggle with my own life and wanting to make a difference in others lives. I feel like my profession doesn’t make a difference, but your writings and this scripture helped me realize the way I live does make a difference! Thanks so much for sharing your life and inisight with so many each day through your blog and through FB.

    God Bless YOU!

    Shelia

  3. pam bailey permalink

    So refreshing! I really enjoy your posts and the scripture you have been highlighting has really convicted me to improve my walk with God. I don’t feel that I have lived a very authentic life where I currently reside….I care for an aging parent, but I have no “connection” with the people where I live…I’ve tried over the years and have asked God to change my heart…either I’m stubborn or maybe I’m truly here just for my Mom…and God will open a door for me to relocate…who knows. Anyway, thanks for your facebook ministry.

  4. Jessica Keyes permalink

    I so agree God has Greater things in store for you than you can even imagine. I feel ill equipped to be a leader, but God does not call the qualified he qualifies the called. Keep being Faithful to his word and he will take care of the rest 

  5. Hilda permalink

    I appreciate for the wonderful message, actually to be sincerer, sometimes for me my first perspective is weak even though being called by God but after reading this message I came to realise that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you are so longer as you accept that call and humble your self God is ready to use you

    Hilda

  6. I’ve heard my pastor say that too. I tend to agree. I don’t like fake!

  7. Joyce Kesterman permalink

    You write what my heart longs for. If you don’t know Robert Morris, pastor
    of Gateway Church in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, I think you would like his
    ministry. Gatewaypeople.com. He has a heart like yours.
    God Bless you.

  8. Cathy permalink

    Thank you for this, this comes to me with God’s timing…..

    Blessings,
    Cathy

  9. MARK,DOING THE BEST YOU KNOW HOW .WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYMORE. NOT GOD IF HE KNOW YOU ARE DOING THE BEST. IF NOT HE WILL LET YOU KNOW. IT TAKES A LOT TO BE A LEADER,TO BE A GOOD ONE IS WALKING HAND AND HAND WITH THE LORD. NOT TRYING TO DO IT ON YOUR ON. YOU WILL BE PUT THRU MANY TEST BY PEOPLE THAT DON’T LIKE YOU. THEN OUR EVERYDAY TEST. JUST TOO MAKE US STRONGE TO GET THRU THE TEST. THEN WE CAN SAY WE,

    MADE IT THRU THAT ONE, BUT KEEP GOING, HOLDING UP THE LIGHT. TIL HE SAY WELL DONE ..WALK IN YOUR BLESSING ALL THE WAY. GOD BLESS YOU..MARILYN TURNER!!

  10. Melody pike permalink

    I love the message i get everyday all day long from you it really helps me stop and think more about what im not doing right in my life and for one not takeing the time to read my bible everyday so this helps me in more ways than one…Thank you God bless!

  11. Cindie permalink

    Thanks for sharing this today! I just started TODAY, leading a group of young girls, ages 8-13, in a small group to give them an opportunity to learn more about giving their lives to God. I have been praying just for the type of leadership to which you are speaking. I want to be an authentic Christian for them to see that we are all in this together. One may be the leader today, but later on, the followers may lead. Thanks again for the affirmation/inspiration!
    Blessings.

  12. Shannon permalink

    2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

    How wonderful & refreshing when I hear someone speak of their flaws, not pretending to be perfect or self-righteous. I always say i cant learn anything from a person who is perfect, never fallen, struggled, or been tempted. I want to talk to the individual that is REAL. That has been through it & still kept the faith, still presses toward the mark. That is the person I want to talk to! Be well my brother.

  13. Great thoughts on leadership. This was a great reminder to set a godly example and be real.

  14. Lydia Reyes permalink

    I just marvel at the work God is doing in the people that truly surrender thier lives to him. It’s not by might nor power, but by my spirit says the Lord. I know that if I depended on myself to do what God calls me to do, whether to lead or to follow I will fall short. I rather boast of my weakness and glorify my Lord in the strength that he supplies me when I need it. Mark, I will continue to lift you up in prayer, that God may continue to use you in a mighty way. He is blessing all of us here by using you to lead us in the right direction and that is to focus our eyes on God. In Prayer, repentance and the studying His Word. I thank you and I also thank everyone who share thier comments here. God Bless.

  15. Jocelyn Cajustin permalink

    Thank you for sharing your thought and it is a reminder and encouragement to us all who read your blog. It is really important that what we are talking is same with what we’re doing. It reminds me that it is very imperative for us all to be worthy of His calling as leaders (may it be in church or any post in circular). I was then reminded of God’s word when i’m meditating on it and praying for a specific prayer request about leadership decision.

    ” So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
    “Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit..1 Cor.4:1-2,6

    I thank God for His Word. It is not really the position you have that we should count on but, in what God is giving and entrusting to us, that we should make a difference in others life.

    Thank God for your life and more blessing!

  16. Steve Gill permalink

    Wrestling….. what to do. Leaders are made…. not born. By the hands of God. I am totally in wonder over this issue of leadership. Having responsibility and being accountable to the owner of the universe is something that no one really wanted. Moses, Paul, Nehemiah, David and of course the greatest leader of all… Jesus… God in the flesh. Are we really up to the task? Remember, Moses didn’t even go into the promised land because of one mistake. Mark… people of God…. walk with God. Don’t get hung up on what He choses you for or whether you are leading or following. Whether you see a burning bush or not, you should just step out and see where God is taking you because we are all His Children and the beauty of the tapestry lays on the whole…. not the parts. Have you ever looked at a rainbow and said “What a pretty color purple, so much nicer than the rest.” Get over yourself and realize that He made all of us to be Leaders to someone and all of us to be Followers of someone. But in the end, the thought of being a Leader can itself be a real trick by satan. Everyone says to me that I have great Leadership skills but this year alone our Lord has been putting me behind people on purpose to learn HUMILITY. We must be humble and when we start calling ourselves leaders, we will begin to see and feel like more than our Maker. I love you brother Mark…. but just follow Him and He will reveal it all! Love to all who call themselves brothers and sisters. Enjoy this day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.

  17. Karen permalink

    I enjoy this blog and all the comments. It does my heart good to see so many people love the Lord and wanting to be like him. What an inspiration He is in showing us how to love and share our lives with each other through his inspired Word. I just read this morning about James and John wanting to sit beside Jesus in His Kingdom. What amazed me was what Jesus said at the end of their conversation about being a leader. A leader needs to be the servant to be a great leader. I still can see in my mind, Jesus washing all the desciples feet. When I reflect over Jesus life here on earth, I see Jesus being a servant all through His life. He did it with Great Joy. What a Wonder He is to be like him. Whatever we behold, we become like. If we behold the uplifted Saviour, we will become like him. If we are connected to Him, we will naturally reflect Him in our lives. What a Blessed Hope we have in Jesus.

  18. Mark, you really sound like a real devoted Christian. Thats ezactly too the way the Lord wants us to live- a whole Godly life, “Lord, I want Your help in my every moment of the day. I want to sing praises to you thruout. I want to be as close to You as I possibly can, without feeling the need that I should get closer”.

  19. What we do when our ways are in private really says alot of how we react when noone is around.

    Let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
    _Amos 5:24

  20. Everytime I think about something and check your status on FB or your blogs I realize that you are thinking the same thing. Makes me feel that I am being watched or that God is giving me confirmation or something!! Thank you for your messages and encouraging thoughts!! I have decided that my life should always reflect my faith.

    “I wanna live the life that I sing about in my song!!”
    Mahalia Jackson

  21. jvntrs permalink

    absolutely!!!

    “Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.” ~~St. Francis of Assisi.

  22. karen nece permalink

    rather than leave along comment i would just like to say that after reading titus 1:1-16 the entire passage and the foot notes along with your blog i feel that God is truly leading you and that you are truly obeying what He has commanded you to accomplish. i feel it is very important to edify one another as God’s Word states and i just want to lift you up and pray that God will empower you to not be lead astray by any negative comments or thoughts. may God richly bless you as you bless others.
    pressing on…..
    karen nece
    Ps. 37:4

  23. we serve because, “for God`s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Ro 11:29

  24. Rena Bolster permalink

    Sorry Marak for catching this one a day late. I really do think you come across as being very transparent in your ministry and I appreciate that. I’m always checking myself to make sure I’m walking the talk. I have a hard time just sitting still and listening for God. But you my friend truly seem to have a servant’s heart and I appreciate your sharing what God is sharing with you and for making me feel so real because you share your flaws and I can see your a leader that’s a real person. thanks Mark and God bless you and keep you safe.

    Rena Bolster

  25. Roni permalink

    THank you doe this passage. My children live with my mother who is very manipulative and always put me down, while favoring my brother. He is visiting my mom and kids and is taunting and teasing my 12 year old daughter, who is straight A’s and an all around good kid. SHe gets an attutide sometimes, but nothing out of control, for her age. TOnight she calls me crying bc he has been calling her names, telling her to f off and then telling her bad things about me, making her get very defensive and mouthy taking up for me. ANd I can’t do anything about it…that’s just a sample. HE is 38 and in the military. PLease pray for mt kIDavid to come back home with me soon. THank you.

  26. Jay permalink

    (The challenge of leadership for me is that as a leader I can become almost manufactured, a careful construction of what I think others want to see). I enjoy these but this one caught my attention. Just an observation but I would say (The challenge of leadership for me is that as a leader I can become almost manufactured, a careful construction of what I think God wants to see). Not critizing you, just how I would interperate this praticular sentence to myself.

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