Servant Leader, if God did not know you were up to the challenge, He would not have chosen you! I was told that in a moment of doubt; so I pass this as a “freebie” to you. There are a number of reasons we can point up to keep ourselves grounded and do not want the challenge of leadership. Whatever someone else thought about your leadership, chances are you thought that first. And we definitely don’t take God by surprise.
While there are many challenges, let’s take a look at a few: demand on your time; decision-making; repentance and forgiveness..
Servant Leadership puts a demand on your time. But time belongs to God. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day – all belongs to Him. To everything there is a season. If we operate out of season, we will not harvest all that is intended for us. When we allow God to control our time, we feel accomplished and complete. When we allow others to take control of our time, we feel overwhelmed. God wants us to be time managers under His direction.
Servant Leadership requires decision-making. King Solomon was known for making great decisions. He recognized as a young King that He needed wisdom from God. God is wisdom. So who should we seek for our decisions? When we fail to LISTEN for His voice, our decisions may cause disaster.
Servant Leadership calls for repentance and forgiveness. We are not infallible. We make mistakes; we sin and come short of His glory; repent of wrongdoing. Leaders must not be unwilling to say “I’m sorry” and ask forgiveness will cause your downfall. God gives us new mercy everyday. We should not take this for granted. Each day is an opportunity to ask God forgiveness of sins (co-mission and omission). “Forgive us of our debts as we forgive our debtors.” If you do not forgive others, He can not forgive you. We must show that kind of forgiveness toward others. That truly explains the need for mercy and grace.