“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example”- John Wooden
Every Christian is a leader whether we feel like one or not. God calls us to lead people to Jesus, so they can experience His life changing Presence! He expects us to lead our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and now our Home Groups.
For us to be effective leaders, we will have to lead by example. People won’t believe what you say unless you do what you say. It says in James 2:18 “‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” If we truly believe something, it reflects in our behavior. For example, if you talk about how great Duck Donuts is all the time, you tell people they have to go, and you reviewed them on their site, but you’ve never been there, it’s going to be hard to get someone to try it out. We have the greatest responsibility as Christians to reflect Jesus because if we are all talk and there isn’t a change in our behavior and lifestyle, then people are going to think we are a joke.
We can either lead people closer to Jesus or further away, depending on how we are living our life. Take a second to think about the things you do, and ask yourself, will this encourage people to grow in their relationship with Jesus?
Here are some practical examples of what we can look for in our own life. Maybe we tell people that God provides for us, but we don’t show that we trust Him with our finances by tithing. Maybe we invite people to church all the time, but we don’t even come every Sunday. Or we talk about how important it is to be grateful and thankful, but we complain about our job, car, and kids. If we want to see God use us to impact people in our lives, then the same things we talk about or ask Him for, we need to ask God to help us to do in us.
Your group members are already looking to you for direction and wisdom, so let’s make sure we are leading them in a way that’s going to challenge them to grow closer to God!