But I’m Not a Leader

But I’m Not a Leader Benjamin Juster

You may not be in a leadership position within your congregation or workplace. Leonard Ravenhill relates the story of a group of tourists who were visiting a picturesque village in the mountains. They strolled by an old man sitting by the gate leading into the town. One tourist stopped and curiously questioned him, “Were any great men born in this village?” The old man replied without hesitation, “Nope, only babies.”

We all start out as infants — both physically and spiritually. If you came to faith recently, you may still be learning what it means to be a disciple of Yeshua. I wasn’t always leading people or entrusted with the guidance of an organization. Many people used to say that I was a born leader. But that is not true. Leaders are developed over time through a process of character formation, consistency, and testing. 

Many people don’t feel they are cut out to be leadership material. Those that don’t see themselves as leaders can lock into a self-identity that keeps them right where they are. When challenged to grow, the response is often, “But I’m not a leader.” This is a problem. Yeshua beckons us to become His disciples. He charges those who follow Him with responsibility to proclaim and represent His Kingdom to everyone around them. We are to influence others by leading a life that faithfully represents Jesus in the world.

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