The second mark which is present in mature leadership is the understanding and application of who we are in and through Christ. Leaders must learn to stand in the righteousness of Christ, finding their victory and completeness in the finished work of Calvary. It is not enough to only realize our inabilities to do God’s work apart from the empowerment and guidance of the Holy Spirit through brokenness and humility. If we stop here we could easily slide off into asceticism and monasticism, and thereby fail to respond to the Lord’s calling to go out as “sheep among wolves.” Times of retreat and prayer can be great and needful for our soul in the pursuit of seeking direction and intimacy. However, we are sent into the world, to preach to the world, to love those in the world, yet without being of the same spirit as the world!
The calling we have from the Lord to reach the world with the gospel requires us to understand who we are in Christ as a new creation. We will face mockers, slanderers, liars and militant atheists who get their thrill off of either getting an ungodly response from a believer, or in destroying their faith. The ungodly response is taken care of by Continue reading “Marks of Mature Leadership – #2”