This is the end part of the series Staying Strong. Over the previous weeks, I have discussed 4 things that a leader must have as he or she leads his or her group. And these are the following:
|| A leader must have favor from God. We can recall that favor is received because of what Jesus has done; He made us holy and unblemished.
||A leader must invest on the right things. We learned in this part of the series that what we invest in is something or someone that is stable, perfect, amazing, beautiful, and awesome. The only One who can match all these is Jesus. And how we invest is by spending time reading, keeping, and applying His Word.
|| A leader must stay humble in any area. We identified humility as an action where the person knows and acknowledges where he or she really is, the position that he or she is in. A leader is chosen not because he is better than the rest but because he is empowered by God to serve whoever he is leading.
|| A leader must be righteous, not be turning from the law to the right or to the left. We described that righteousness is attained not by our own works but by what Jesus has done on the cross. Also, a leader is an example to whoever he leads.
Today, I will talk about the last trait that a leader must have: passion for the next generation.
And I could not help but think of a relay race whenever this topic is raised. A relay race is where a runner finishes his part of the race, then passes the baton to his teammate. After the teammate receives the baton, he goes and finishes his part until he does the same thing to his other teammate as how the previous runner did which is to pass the baton. And this goes on and on until the race is finished. This is how Church should be. The leaders are not keeping the leadership level on this certain group such as only the batch of this generation will lead the people and will be encouraged by the Gospel. No. But the leaders are to “pass the baton” (share the Gospel) to the “other runners” (the next generation) as well.
I am glad that I have met a lot of people who are passionate about reaching the next generation. Reaching the next generation means building relationships with, discipling, training, planting, and watering them in the right foundations. These are not easy stuff to do. But all the work done by these people for the next generation is worth it.
Our God is passionate in reaching and blessing the next generation.
“Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”
One pastor once said, “One thing you cannot do in heaven is to make disciples.” There are a lot of people today who are lost in sin, wickedness, and the like in this world. God values these people so much that He gave His Son for them. If our God values the lives of these people that much, so should we.
Relationship is what God values. Start building relationships with the next generation. It doesn’t have to be the whole next generation of people you’ll be building relationships with. Some are made to build a relationship with one person. Others are made to build relationships with many. Yet, both are reaching out. You will never know how much joy it will bring you and the person you are building a relationship with until you try it. From The LEGO Principle, Joey Bonifacio writes, “It does not matter what one’s skin color, social background, age, or denomination is—God designed us all to connect to Him and then to one another.” We can connect with people because God has designed us to be that way.
At the end of the day, as leaders, we want to pass the “baton” (share the Gospel) to the next generation. This will result to transformation of the lives of the people we are discipling and building relationships with. In turn, these people, the next generation, will lead better than us and achieve greater things. This is all possible through Jesus.
As I end the series, I want to say one thing that struck me the most regarding staying strong as a leader: The perfect example of a leader is Jesus. He is the Son of the Most High, chosen to pay the price and rise again for us and His Father’s glory and reign over His people forever. (Luke 1:32,33) He is the Word. (John 1:1) He humbled himself. (Philippians 2:8) He is Righteous and Holy. (Romans 5:17 and Revelation 4:8) And He is passionate in reaching out the next generation. (Mark 10:14)
Hope you enjoyed reading my posts on this series. Thank you. And have a great day!