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Sunday, June 27, 2010

by Dr. Paul Chappell

"And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master."

Luke 6:39-40

If you want to be a godly leader, you must make God your leader.

I once read the following story about leadership from a pastor:

"As a young pastor, I worked at a feed processing plant in Celina, Ohio. Each night when I went home, my boys would look at me and say, 'Boy, dad, you sure are dusty!' I grumbled within myself, but smiled at them and said, 'Yes, I sure am dusty.' On a Saturday morning, I started washing my car. As I did this, my oldest son, four years old at that time, began to pick up the small stones in our drive and rubbed them onto his pants. I asked, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'I want to be dusty like you dad.' At that time, I realized that if a son would look up to his father for being dusty, he would look up to dad for anything. What a responsibility."

We all hold great roles of leadership in the lives of others. Children, siblings, spouses, coworkers, fellow believers-all look to us at some point in their lives for leadership. But how can we exhibit leadership to them if we don't know who our leader is?

As Christians, God is to be our Leader. The life of Jesus patterns how we are to live, and His principles guide our steps. Over the next few days we'll look at a few aspects of a godly leader. How does a leader act? How can a leader make difficult decisions? Using Luke 6, we'll see how God describes a godly leader. Today, let's focus on the leader's responsibility to make God his leader.

Jesus again uses a parable to illustrate His principle of godly leadership, "Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master." How can we lead others if we are not following God?

Just because someone is a leader does not mean he knows where he is going. Many leaders have led followers astray-just look at the leaders of the company Enron. They led their followers and investors into debt and great loss. But as godly leaders, we must have our own leader, and He must be God.

A perfect example of godly leadership is the Apostle Paul. As he told the church at Corinth, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). Paul wasn't encouraging people to mimic his life simply out of vain glory. But he expressed his desire to live for God, and encouraged others to follow suit.

Did Paul ever sin? Of course. Being a leader isn't about being perfect. Being a leader is about pointing others in the right direction-toward Christ-even during difficult times. Failure will come and mistakes will happen, but as you are following God, He will guide you through.

Do you desire to be a godly leader to those around you? You don't have to be in a place of prominence to be a leader. Some of the most godly leaders I have known ordinary people who decided to follow God and set an example for those around them. It doesn't matter if you're a company CEO or a school-age young person. Anyone can be a leader.

What kind of leader are you being? Are you leading others to follow God or are you leading them down the wrong path? If you want to be a godly leader, you must make God your leader. Imitate the life of Christ. Follow the steps of Jesus. Obey the principles of God. Daily make Jesus your goal and others will follow your example.

To learn more about the ministries of Lancaster Baptist Church and Pastor Chappell, please visit lancasterbaptist.org, paulchappell.com, or follow him on twitter.

Daily Bible Reading
Job 8-10 | Acts 8:26-40