Day 102: The Art of Discipleship (April 12)

A good leader trains up leaders.  That’s a thought that has been circling through my mind every day this week.

As I observe different styles of leaders, I have determined that I will become one who trains up more leaders.  I don’t want to be so afraid of being replaced that I don’t pour out fully into those around me.  That’s selfishness.  That’s a poverty spirit.  God is a Leader Who is raising leaders.  He is unafraid of you growing in authority and boldness.  Those things actually bring Him glory!  That’s what a real leader sees.  They see that when they encourage those around them to grow in God, it will benefit them as well.

God doesn’t need to control your every movement.  He allows us to make mistakes because He knows we learn and grow from them.  A true leader is not afraid of letting those around them make mistakes either.  We are not God.  But we can hinder His work in someone’s life by trying to control them or by making them feel so afraid of making a mistake that we can’t let them follow God without our constant hovering.  And truth be told, none of us knows the “right” way to do all things……we only think we do….

God leads me to repentance through His kindness.  As a leader, it’s not necessarily my job to point out every shortcoming in those around me.  It’s more powerful to point out their strengths and give them opportunity to feel safe enough to confess their shortcomings on their own.  That’s when true repentance can take place anyway.  A person shouldn’t be led to confession just to please another person, it should be something between them and God first.  Then God will lead them to make things right with others if necessary.  If conviction first takes root in your heart, then it can bloom into lasting change.

If I walk near God, then I will find all the space I need to “become” all He has created me to become, no matter where I am or what earthly leadership I am underneath.  Never use your surroundings as an excuse to hide away and not bloom.  Rather bloom exactly where you are planted and know that if God chooses to move you to a new garden, then He will.

Bloom.

Your life is just beginning.

Bloom.

And be determined to continue blooming until your final blooming leads you straight through the gates and into the arms of the Father, where we all long to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  Psalm 37:5-6

If the Lord delights in a man’s way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.  Psalm 37:23-24

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’.   Matthew 25:23

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