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Spiritual Leadership

1 Tim 3:1  If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble (excellent, fine)  task (work).

In Apostle Paul's time, Christians were persecuted everywhere, only deep love for Christ and genuine concern for His church would provide men with a sufficiently powerful motive to aspire to that office of overseer.

All Christians are under obligation to make the most of their lives, to develop to the utmost their God-given powers and capacities for the glory of God and the welfare of His church.

Jesus' standard of greatness: "but, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all."  Mark 10:42-44

True greatness and true leadership is achieved not by reducing ohter people to one's service but in giving oneself in selfless service to others.  And that is never done without cost.  The true spiritual leader is concerned infinitely more with the service he can render God and his fellowmen than with the benefits and pleasures he can extract from life.

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1 Sam 13:14  The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart.

The overriding need of the church is for a leadership that is authoritative, spiritual, and sacrificial.
Authoritative, because people love to be led by one who knows where he is going and who inspires confidence, who shows himself wise and strong, who adheres to what he believes.
Spiritual, because a leadership that is unspiritual will result only in sterility and moral spiritual bankruptcy.
Sacrificial, because modeled on the life of the One who gave Himself a sacrifice for the whole world, who left us an example that we should follow His steps.

The real qualities of leadership are to be found in those who are willing to suffer for the sake of objectives great enought to demand their wholehearted obedience.

Spiritual leaders are made and chosen by God only, not made or chosen by election or appointment, by men or any combination of men, nor by conferences or church meetings.

Spiritual authority is the prime essential of Christian leadership, that comes - often unsought - to those who in earliler life have proved themselves worthy of it by spirituality, discipline, ability, and deligence, who sought first the kingdom of God.   When God's searching eye alights on a man who has qualified, He anoints him with His Spirit and separates him to his distinctive ministry  (Acts 9:17; 22:21).

"The Road to Spiritual Authority and Leadership" by Samuel Logan Brengle of the Salvation Army
It is not won by promotion, but by many prayers and tears.
It is attained by confession of sin, and much heartsearching & humbling before God;
by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold, deathless, uncompromising & uncomplaining embracing of the cross, and
by an eternal, unfaltering looking unto Jesus crucified.
It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselve, but rather, by counting those things that are gain to us as loss for Christ.
That is a great price, but it must be unflinchingly paid by him who would be not merely a nominal but a real spiritual leader of men, a leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth and in hell.

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Mark 10:43-44  Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and
whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.

Christ's view of His kingdom was that of a community of members serving one another - mutual service.  And of course our loving service is to spread to the needy world around us.  (Gal 5:13  Through love serve one another.  John 13:15 Jesus' example of  servanthood by wahing the feet of His disciples.)

Christian leaders are chosen by the sovereign appointment of God, and not by men.
 (John 15:16  Jesus said, "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you.")

There is suffering in spiritual leadership.  There is cost in the service of the kingdom.

The Spirit of Servanthood
Dependance on God - emptying of himself, his privileges & the independent exercise of his will. (Phil 2:7)
Approval by God.  (Isa 42:1 My chosen one in whom I delight.   Psa 40:8 I delight to do Thy will, O my God.)
Modesty & Self-effacing  -  working quietly & unobtrusively; "hidden service".  (Isa 42:2, 45:15, 6:2)
Empathy with the weak & erring.  (Isa 42:3)
Optimism - not disheartened or crushed, until his full objective is attained.  (Isa 42:4)
Anointing by God.  (Isa 42:1, Acts 10:38)

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Great leaders have always been great encouragers in our discouraged and disillusioned world .
[Heb 10:25 Let us encouraged one another, and all the more, as you see the day drwawing near.]