We all know how valuable leadership is to anything we do; from raising a family, to playing sports, to running a business.. and growing a small group of people to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. What we often do not recognize is that the people in your family, business, or Sunday School class model their leader!
Leaders who gossip will reproduce followers who love share juicy pieces of information about others. Leaders who are listless will have followers with no energy for the gospel, or for others for that matter.
But leaders who are energetic and upbeat produce enthusiastic followers. Leaders who value God’s word and show their class how God’s word impacts their life will reproduce followers who have a passion for the Bible.
This type of leader does not occur without work. This is where the consecration comes in. Consecrate simply means, “to set apart”. My wife has two of those big coffee pots that make 40 cups each. One she uses for coffee, but the other coffee pot she has set apart just for apple cider that she makes at Christmas. Why does she only use that pot for her apple cider? Because once she makes coffee in one of those pots, the coffee taste remains when she makes apple cider in it. She has set apart that particular pot just for cider so that it will be unstained with coffee taste!
We need leaders who have consecrated themselves and keep their lives unstained! Leaders who set themselves apart to study and prayer; who witness to others; and who let their light shine in the dark hours of life, will reproduce followers with more depth and passion than a half-hearted leader could ever dream of. They will also leave a legacy behind that will continue to inspire others, long after the leader has left this earth.
Take a moment… and re-commit yourself to be a consecrated leader who impacts people with the power of the Gospel.