1 Timothy 3:1-5
Here is a trustworthy saying: If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position…
He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
If you asked people whether they would rather lead or follow, most would say they would rather lead. Place those same people in leadership roles, and you will find that many can’t step up. Why not? Because it’s difficult. Leadership requires extra responsibility and time commitments. Oh, and did I mention that many people don’t follow willingly?
I believe anyone can learn to lead, but not everyone is willing to put in the work, blood, sweat and tears, rejection and sleepless nights that it takes to get the job done.
It takes time to become a leader, and you must start small and be willing to do what no one else will do. Luke 16:10 says, “Be faithful in the small things and you will be made leader over many.”
To lead an organization is great work. To lead your household is even greater. Even greater still is to lead oneself. Leading yourself takes self-control, something many people lack. Managing yourself is where you start, and part of managing yourself is becoming the follower that you want to lead.
I know I am starting to sound a lot like Yoda or some kind of Zen monk, but just bear with me. We attract people like ourselves, and we also receive what we give. Some call it karma. Jesus said, “You reap what you sow.”
If you are a faithful follower, then you will attract faithful followers. If you are accountable, then accountable people will come your way and desire to be around you. If you are teachable, you will find that teachable workers will learn from your experiences and their own, including mistakes and failures.
It has become cliché, but Gandhi has been quoted saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Be the most faithful, accountable, and teachable follower you can be. Work hard at it and pass on what you have learned to others. Freely give to others what you have worked hard to receive. While you are forging ahead, you will look back and see your followers–yes, even your own household–striving to forge ahead with you. Then, and only then, a leader you have become.
~ John Bundy