Spiritual Leadership: Born of the Spirit
Are leaders born or made? On one hand, leadership qualities and gifts come from God. On the other, skills can be developed over time. It is this development over time that matters most. When it looks like a person just steps up to the challenge in the moment, odds are they are only able to do that because of years of preparation. Sanders cites Joseph as an example of someone who only became prime minister in Egypt after 13 years of hidden training with God at Potiphar’s house and in prison.
Sanders quotes A.W. Tozer, who speaks of the Holy Spirit’s “drafting” of a person into leadership.
A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position by the inward leading of the Holy Spirit and the press of circumstances…. There was hardly a great leader from Paul to the present day but was drafted by the Holy Spirit for the task, and commissioned by the Lord to fill a position he had little heart for…. The man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified…the true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage, but will be humble, gentle, self-sacrificing and altogether ready to follow when the Spirit chooses another to lead.
What I see here is that there are some things that God has you and I doing today that we weren’t ready to do yesterday. Our desire to be effective in the way we lead our small groups is tied to our availability to God’s Spirit, the time we’ve spent letting Him mold us, and the seasons of life we’ve already experienced. And who knows but how God is using the time you spend weekly with others in your small group to shape their lives for future service?
As you plan to reengage your small group this fall, be in prayer about who you might ask to join your group. What phone calls do you need to make? Who do you sense is missing out on hearing from God because they are not sitting with others around God’s word and prayer?