Leading Like It Matters: Do I Have to Lead?


Sometimes it’s easier to let someone else do it. You reason that even if you wanted to do it, you probably couldn’t do it well enough. Then the other doubts start cascading: you aren’t old enough, young enough, nor do you make enough, understand enough, or learn quickly enough. An apostle and a judge remind you that you can lead like it matters – because it does.

To Think About:

  • Read Titus 2:9-10. When Paul wrote, an enslaved person or servant was not the first person people thought of as a leader. What social positions are often seen as non-leadership positions today? (An example could be “employee” or “customer.”) Using what you read in Titus 2, describe ways those are still positions of leadership.
  • Read Judges 6:11-16. Gideon did not think of himself as a leader. How can you tell that from what you read? When have you been tempted to doubt that you are a leader? (When you have a few minutes, read the rest of chapter 6 and chapter 7 to see how Gideon’s story unfolds.) In verses 11 and 16, what promise does Gideon hear twice?
  • Read Titus 2:11-14. Leaders for God are representatives of God. The ultimate example is Jesus, but those who follow Jesus can lead others to him.

To Live Out:

There may always be 10, 20, or 100 reasons why you shouldn’t lead. Yet, there is one compelling reason why you should lead: God is with you. He has people to reach and plans to achieve, and you are the one he’s chosen to do that work. Do you have to lead? Yes!

To Pray About:

Remember the 40 Days of Prayer that NCOC is currently doing together.

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