Leaders are Readers of Scripture

The current climate of western culture is obsessed with the idea of leadership. An individual can walk into any bookstore and find countless resources on the subject of leadership. Additionally, there are numerous internet blogs, videos, and podcasts concerning leadership. Essentially, the options for leadership development is endless.

As a Christian leader I encourage everyone to develop their leadership abilities. Many of the resources available are written by qualified individuals with a successful record in their particular industry. That stated I do recommend learning to value your time which is the most precious resource available to anyone. Therefore, it is wise to spend sometime researching potential books by reading reviews of the work before diving into a potential resource. Additionally give yourself permission to discard any resource you feel is not assisting your development after giving the author time to state their case. However, there is one source that must be continuously studied.

The Christian filters the world through the lens of scripture. This of course includes the Christian view of leadership. The Christian who wants to lead effectively must spend time in scripture. Outlined in scripture are the characteristics that all Christians should strive for. These characteristics of godly living when applied earnestly results in all Christians becoming effective witnesses for their communities. I will be writing some future post on these individual characteristics.

2 Timothy 4: Paul’s Closing Words

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I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:  Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5, NKJV)

As the second letter to Timothy draws to a close we find a charge given to Timothy to preach the word in season and out. The word choice here is clear. Timothy is to preach not any word but the Word. That word of course is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christians we need to be growing in our faith so we can ensure the word we are proclaiming is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are to stand firm on the true Gospel even if some people turn from sound doctrine and to a message that is suited to their personal satisfaction. As biblical Christians it is our charge to carry to the world the word, in order to be faithful evangelist.