Dear friends, what makes a truly great leader? As followers of Christ, we look to our Lord as the model for how to lead with wisdom, courage and compassion.
A godly leader is humble, remembering that all authority comes from God above. They lead by serving others, not demanding service for selfish gain. Their confidence springs from faith in the Lord, not belief in their own superiority.
Wise leaders rule with justice and mercy. They understand that true power comes not from might but from character and integrity. A good leader speaks truth even when inconvenient, judging rightly and without partiality.
A leader must be full of love, caring for the weak and lifting up the downtrodden. They are slow to anger and quick to forgive. Leading like Jesus, they sacrifice their own interests for those they shepherd.
Courage stands as another vital trait in a worthy leader’s life. They do what is right despite difficulty, fearing God more than men. A courageous leader takes bold risks for the greater good.
There are many qualities that make an excellent, God-honoring leader. But ultimately, we see them all perfectly lived out in the life of our Savior. May we each become more like Him in how we lead.
Dear friends, now let’s examine what the Bible teaches about leadership through the examples of Moses, David, Jesus and others. May these scriptures guide us.
“The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever”
1 Timothy 3:1-7
“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil”
“For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers”
“The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days”
“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy”
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood”
“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”
2 Corinthians 6:4
“But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses”
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves”
2 Timothy 2:24-25
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth”
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young”
“Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee”
2 Samuel 23:3
“The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God”
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding”
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
“Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness”
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”
1 Timothy 4:8
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come”
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost”
1 Timothy 4:12
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”
“Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him”
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”
2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity”
2 Corinthians 12:9
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice”
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation”
“But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do”
1 Corinthians 15:58
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”