Monday, December 16, 2013

The Marks of a Leader

George Verwer makes these penetrating remarks on being a true leader for Jesus:

“The Lord Jesus said, ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men’ (Matthew 4:19). This is but one of the many places where He exhorted His disciples to follow Him. He would say the same to us, His twentieth (now 21st) century disciples. The burning desire for each of us should be to follow Him. We would not follow men or men’s ideas, but Christ and His ideas. We need men of God who have been ‘chosen of God’ to take on definite responsibilities of leadership in both practical and spiritual realms. Only time will tell whether the young fellows and girls carrying responsibilities of leadership have what is necessary to see victories day after day in this type of work. And the question that will make the difference is whether or not they are followers of Jesus.

Some individuals might feel they should be carrying some position of leadership. To such individuals, I would say, ‘Then learn to follow; learn to take orders from someone else; learn to bury your own plans and ideas, allowing someone else to make decisions which you will wholeheartedly carry out, and soon you will find yourself being asked to make decisions. There is no room for the person who has all the answers. We must take the position of learners for a disciple is a learner. A disciple is always willing to be taught. He is always willing to listen to another’s point of view and to esteem it better than his own. He does not covet a position of leadership, but only desires to be a disciple of Jesus. You must not expect that you will always agree with your leader, or see in him perfection; for remember, he is as you are, just a follower of Jesus.’”

Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men’
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