Somehow, a new decade has crept up on us and is now here. What are you hoping for in this new season of infinite possibilities? Fresh vision, more team members and meeting attendees, more salvations, more opportunities to see your people grow? We know God has lots of great things in store that will glorify Him and grow His Kingdom. As leaders, God wants to start with us. How?
"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ," says Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV). Now there's a statement with a lot of implications! God placed Paul as a leader in front of thousands of people to help them know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus. He was under a lot of scrutiny, constantly questioned by those inside and outside his flock, and he didn't take that lightly*. Sounds like a lot of pressure! How did he do it?
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"...as I am [am imitator] of Christ." First, Paul continually examined himself in his walk with Christ, relying on the Spirit to help him obey what He heard from the Lord. He focused on abiding in Christ. He kept Jesus at the forefront of his life, regardless of the people or situations around him. He wrote, "I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" Philippians 3:8a (ESV). Knowing Jesus is worth more than anything we could ever gain! As leaders, in what areas do we need His strength and His grace to fix our eyes on Him?
As God started with Paul, He also starts with us! As we learn more and more how to imitate and truly abide in Christ, we can turn to the ones God has put around us and say, "Be imitators of me..."
That's a bit of a scary thought! Do you have a child you've seen imitate you in a way that was less than Christlike? Did you want to hide forever? I've heard these stories, and I've also seen others pick up bad habits because I displayed them. These are the times I desperately wish God wouldn't use imperfect me to teach others things I haven't even mastered myself. But God has far more grace for me than I have for myself, praise Him! He uses our failures and weaknesses to highlight His glory even more!
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Especially because God has given us people to lead (and even in the moments He hasn't), may our lives be worth imitation because He is worth following. May we own up to our mistakes and let God mend our hearts. May we show humility and compassion as we seek to follow Him.
"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." Are you willing to be vulnerable before the Lord in this new season, letting His Spirit challenge yours to be more worthy of imitation by those you lead? Will you put down your old defenses and pretenses and ask Him to speak?
As with every new year and season, there are plenty of secular ideas out there to help anyone assess their life, and many of them are pretty great, but they don't help us keep Jesus at the center. To guide us in looking at several areas of our lives and allow God to speak to us about them, I've taken an idea* that's been floating around for a few years and turned it into this helpful one-page tool to use as we prayerfully make plans for this decade (see preview below).
This worksheet can help us surrender our plans and goals and ask God about ten different areas of life. He has great things planned that He wants you to be a part of, but He needs you to stop and hear Him first. He doesn't need you to "try harder" in every area of your life, but instead be open to the specific and pivotal plans He has for you and the people around you.
This tool is simple to use but a little complicated to draw out, so I've done the hard work for you! I can instantly email you this tool if you click here.
Father, thank You for honoring us by making us leaders in our communities. As people are looking to us, may we look to You. Help us to honor You in what we do, and know Your love and grace better and better as we walk forward into this brand new decade. Start with us, and let more know You! Show us what You have planned in the different areas of our lives, that we may wholeheartedly walk with you in them. We praise You for the amazing things You have in store for us, for our teams, and for Your Kingdom here!
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24 ESV).
*See 2 Corinthians 11:23-30 for an example of Paul defending himself to a church he helped start!
P.S. I just found out that Feedspot chose to feature me here on their list of 2020 Top Christian Leadership Blogs (I'm #38)! It's crazy favor I will give God credit for all day!