The Building Block of Spiritual Leadership

Updated: May 15, 2020

Do you want to make an impact? To do something that matters? Some people build monuments or make art that gets displayed in museums, a very small part of our population. The rest of us are left to build an impact among the people we are around everyday. But how many people have to know your name for your impact to be remembered? 50? 100? 1,000? Let’s bring it closer to home, can you name any of your great great grandparents? I can’t.

So what do we do with this desire to make an impact? 

In the midst of corona, we feel it even more. I see the world hurting and feel like I can’t just do nothing. I see the sickness and how people are going without food, medical care, or basic human needs and my stomach hurts. Most of all, I see people grasping for hope, as the control that they thought they possessed unravels around them. Do you see it too?

Jesus saw something similar. He was watching a festival take place and all of the sudden became overwhelmed. He saw a need.

In Matthew 9:37 Jesus cried out, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest field.”

Jesus was telling the disciples something that is still true. This season isn’t meant to be a spectator sport. We can’t sit on the bleachers and watch everything be played in front of us. God never intended that. He wants us in the game. He wants us to be laborers for Him. 

A laborer is another name for a spiritual leader. Someone who is walking with God and striving to make an impact for Him. The bible actually gives a lot of qualifications for a spiritual leader.

In 1 Timothy 3, it describes a leader as someone who is respectable, hospitable, and is well thought of by outsiders.

But there is one quality that I have seen lead to all of these other qualities. The building block of spiritual leadership always goes back to intentionality

Intentionality defined is: to act in a way that is on purpose or deliberate. 

Jesus is the perfect example of this. Everything He does is with purpose. One example of this happens toward the end of His earthly life.

Luke 9:51 says, “When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem.”

"He set His face." He didn’t haphazardly choose to walk that way. He had a purpose – to rescue us from our sins – and no matter what that would cost Him, He was going to follow through and walk toward it. 

During coronavirus, what is Jesus asking us to set our faces toward? How can we be intentional even in the midst of this? 

There are two ways that God is asking us to live as intentional spiritual leaders; first to pray, then engage.

Did you know that God wants to use you? Have you asked Him how? He is not a God of accidents. He knew, that in the midst of this pandemic, where you're at right now is exactly where you would be most useful.

You have people down the street and even in your house who are desperate for the hope that can only come from knowing Jesus. God wants to use you in these people’s lives and He would love nothing more than for you to ask Him what part you play.

Would you commit to praying for people around you who don’t know God? 

What if I told you that God has given you all you need to engage with the people around you? It can feel intimidating to start spiritual conversations with people, but God has equipped us and desires us to be a part of what He’s doing!

Two things that I have found helpful as I engage with people, are to begin by asking questions and then telling my personal story of how Jesus changed me.

What if you were the only person who engages them spiritually? It is worth it to take the step of faith and engage those around you?

There is an intentional impact waiting to happen and God wants to use a spiritual leader like you.

Discuss these questions with a friend or spiritual leader to help apply today's reading:

  1. How can you begin to pray and engage with others around you this week?

  2. How have you seen intentionality be a vital part of spiritual leadership?

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