W. Austin Gardner
Becoming the Spiritual Leader He Wants
Our function as spiritual leaders here at Vision is to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be.
We must all depend on the Holy Spirit of God to do the work.
This speaks strongly of our relationship with God.
How is my walk?
Am I in the Scriptures?
Am I faithful to the services?
Am I surrendered to His will?
Am I sensitive to Him in preaching and all other times?
Am I serving in Him faithfully?
Do we realize that we are accountable to God for His work and our ministry?
As spiritual leaders we are to be working on God’s agenda, not our own.
We seek to turn people from self centeredness to Savior centered.
We want to lead people away from sinful desires to obedience.
To do this we must know God’s will for our lives and His church.
This means that our relationship with our Father is the most important part of our lives.
We must do things His way and not seek shortcuts.
Our desire must be that His kingdom come, His will be done in our church and lives as it is in heaven.
Let’s consider how God made Abraham into a great spiritual leader.
God matured Abraham in his character and his relationship with God.
God worked in Abraham’s life building wisdom, integrity, honesty, and moral purity.
Abraham’s relationship with God develops as he learns to obey and trust God. He falls in love with God.
God used failure in Abraham’s life to grow him.
Taking Lot with Him
God doesn’t do things the way Abraham would have thought, His ways are not our ways.
Abraham keeps building spiritual landmarks in his life.
Abraham learned who his God was every time he got himself in trouble and God rescued him.
Abraham learned that God doesn’t like shortcuts.
Abraham took drastic steps of obedience to demonstrate his faith.
Abraham’s walk with God is an entire lifetime.
He periodically needed revival, to go back.
Our church will be what it should be in direct proportion to our walk with God and leadership, influence.
Real leadership is be level more than do. It is who we are not so much what we do.
Verses for consideration
Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, Saith the Lord of hosts.
II Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.