AUDIO: 3 Surprising Ways to Prepare for Christian Leadership
It’s amazing how a moment of awareness changes everything. It was beginning to drip but we had no idea. We left for work unaware there was a problem. By the time we returned that evening, sudden awareness was awaiting.
The hot water heater was ruined and so was our ceiling.
What if you could be aware of everything that would impact your life and your leadership?
Even Jesus responded to moments of awareness. I love this sequence in John 13:3-5 It says, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he got up from the meal… and washed their feet.”
Awareness + Response = the Mission
It’s impossible for me to comprehend the impulse to get down and wash peoples feet: the overwhelm, the love. Did he realize in that moment it was going to be one of his last chances to show them how much he loved them? Was it a conscious paradigm he wanted to deploy? Was it just an impulse, a need he saw, like healing the sick?
I just find it interesting the scripture leads with His overwhelming awareness of His place in God’s plan and washing feet was His response.
Realizing the unlimited power available to him he also realized the mission he was on. Think of it. Are we any different?
Responding as a Christian Leader
Being completely aware of who we are as children of God, what are our our responses to these three areas of awareness?
- Realizing the Father had put all things under his power. He was given the authority to complete His mission. And, Jesus told us we have that same power, in His Name.
- Realizing he had come from God. Guess what? So have we. There was a reason he came; a mission to accomplish. Your mission isn’t about making money. Your created purpose will change the world and impact others. And, it will lead to the third realization.
- Realizing he was returning to God. Time was limited. His purpose was at hand. The instruction and example he provided was in place. He was returning to God so His Spirit could fall on them and His mission was fulfilled. Let’s get real. It’s not about us and we’re only here for a little while. The awareness of our purpose and our future with God is overwhelming.
And so, he took off his outer clothing. Wrapped a towel around his waist, knelt down and began washing their feet.
When we become truly aware of our authority, our mission, the limited time we have and our ultimate reward, we will pour out ourselves into the lives of others.
Being Unaware leaves you un-prepared. Awareness changes everything.
Add your comments to the conversation: In your leadership, are you responding to others as a child of God? Do you feel fully aware of your purpose and God’s mission for you as a leader? Post your reply below.