From as early as childhood, we are taught to follow instructions. When we do so and are rewarded, it sets into motion our innate desire to be led by others. Consequently, this makes us aware that being told what to do comes with less responsibility than being the person charged with giving out orders. And as a result, few individuals ever volunteer for positions of leadership. But just because you may not view yourself as a leader does not mean that you are not one.
As a matter of fact, anyone who professes to be a believer is a representation of Christ and must be conscious of the example that they set before men. Your conduct could very well be the deciding factor as to whether a person draws closer to or drifts away from the God you serve. In other words, people are always watching, often from afar, looking to gravitate to someone who’s spiritually grounded in this unstable world. In the Scriptures, Paul served as an ideal leader for the early church, instructing followers of Christ on how to become bona fide leaders (Romans 2).
In modern times, author John C. Maxwell is considered by many to be a qualified authority on the impact of effective leadership. In his highly acclaimed book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell offers a set of standards that anyone in a position of leadership should surely adopt. My favorite precept is from “The Law of the Lid.” Maxwell explains in this law that those who follow can only increase to the point of their leader’s ceiling (lid). In laymen’s terms, a business will prosper only in accordance with the CEO’s vision. A church will grow in direct proportion to the pastor’s foresight. And in marriage, success is often measured by the husband’s ability to hear clear instruction from God, which heightens his leadership ceiling.
So, instead of looking to others to determine your life’s fate, request guidance from the Supreme Being–the ultimate authority–so that you can properly learn how to lead the life God has designed for you. In so doing, you will become a walking billboard for all to see, showcasing the fundamental truth that our lives are indeed our greatest teaching tool.