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eekly Devotions
January 22, 2012
By: Dr. Bill Stepp
Give Thanks for Leaders; Be a Leader


Scripture for the Week:  Acts 15:7-8

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”


Quote for the Week:

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. "  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower


The most important qualities in leadership are integrity and respect that flow from a set of core values that build trust.  U. S. President Eisenhower had those qualities.  A child needs parents they can trust to lead by example from a set of sound core values.   Adults need leaders they can trust.  Leaders who set a good example and live out strong core values will inspire others to join them and give their best. 


 Leadership is tremendously important in any enterprise whether it is your family, a football team, a school newspaper, an orchestra, government, business, or personal management of your life.  Some people are “naturals,” gifted leaders, who automatically have people who look up to them and follow them.  Other people work at honing the core values and acquiring the skills and disciplines necessary to be good leaders.  Leadership is a key role in the Bible, and for anyone to aspire to be a good leader is most commendable. 


The most successful leader in history is Jesus Christ with over 2 billion followers throughout the world today.   His leadership is described as “the same yesterday, today and forever.”  He is trusted, admired, respected and even loved by billions of people both in history and today.  To the first disciples Jesus would say, “follow me,” and they did.  His disciples were highly motivated to follow his example and develop the core values and disciplines that Jesus lived and taught.      


Leadership was a key in the early Church.  Acts 15:22 records:   “Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers.”


Think of the leaders who have influenced you.  They are the people who made you want to live better.  Perhaps it was the teacher who cared about you, believed in you, and inspired you to put forth your best effort.  Perhaps it was a coach who motivated you to be the best on the team that you could be.  Perhaps it was a pastor, Elder, Deacon, or Sunday School teacher whom you knew was genuine in faith and made you want to live like them.  People without solid, trustworthy, admirable core values that are lived out in their words and actions will not survive as leaders, but people with strong core values who are linked together with others with the same core values will always rise to the top.  What are your core values?  Can your children, your friends, your employees, your customers and your clients trust that you are always the same in the important stuff down inside of you?   Do you keep your promises that you make to yourself?  To others?   Think of the people who need your example, your leadership.  It could be your child, your spouse, your friend, your employer, or someone you do not know who needs your example and strength to have the courage to live well.  


Leadership is never achieved alone.  “No man is an island…”  "Everyone gets where they are on someone else’s shoulders."   Check out the claim that Jesus is the greatest leader that ever lived.  Then, consider following Him as your most trusted leader.  Becoming like Him in His core values will also make you a most trusted and effective leader. The time is now!  Take the lead!  Be a leader!  Set the example, and ask others to walk with you in doing what you should.  





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