God's Order for Leadership
Leaders and Overseers: Timothy 3:1 This [is] a true saying, Whoever desires the office of an overseer, desires a good work
Leaders and Elders: Titus 1:5 For this cause I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you:
What is a Leader?
For many years I had an earnest desire to be a leader, especially in the Kingdom of God. Having had the call of God upon me from a very young age and being very zealous for the Lord, wanting to go out and conquer the world for the Lord and to fulfil the ministry that He had given me. I realized to be successful in it I needed to be a leader. If God had called me to the kind of position that had seen in the Spirit it would require somebody who is a leader in the church and in the Kingdom of God. I just had one problem. Nobody wanted to follow me!
Now what is a leader without a following? You are not a leader at all. So I read all the books. I bought all the books that told you what spiritual leadership was, to see if I could somehow find out what I needed to do to become a leader and get people to follow me. There are some lovely books out there. They told me how a leader acts. They told me what a leader looks like. They told me everything I needed to know about a leader, except how to become one.
I knew what a leader looked like though. I didn't need to learn that. I wanted to know how can I move from where I am, not being a leader, to becoming a leader? How do I change? How do I go about it? I wanted to know how do I accomplish it, because if I don't I am not going to be able to fulfill my ministry?
So I looked to the Lord and looked in His Word and read the books. There are three things that I always used to learn everything I know. I read the books, I read the Word and then I lived it, and if what the book said and what the Word said and what I experienced lined up together, I formed a doctrine. In everything that I preach and teach, the chances are I have read the books, I have read the Word and I have proved it in my experience. If I haven't I cannot preach it. That is why you don't hear me quoting other preachers all the time, because I must speak from my own experience.
I can give honor to whom it is due by saying, "I read so-and-so's book and he gave this beautiful illustration, and I share it with you." That is wonderful. But for me to stand up and say, "Watchman Nee says, Matthew Henry says," is not good enough. I need to be able to speak from my own heart and my own experience. I don't need to use other people's quotable quotes. I know people who just use quotable quotes all the time. Every time you speak to them you hear, "Yeah, so-and-so said this. Yes, so-and-so said that. I heard this saying," and they are always quoting other people's sayings.
Well, I want to come to the place where I hear people saying, "Les Crause says," because it came from me. It didn't come from somebody else. I want it to be original. It must come from my own heart and my own experience, and until I do that leadership is not there is it? I cannot lead you into something that I have not experienced myself, and I cannot expect you to perform in a way that I have not done myself. It is very important.
A Leader is Not What You Do
I discovered in learning this way that being a leader is not something you do. Being a leader is something you are. Barking does not make me a dog, but if I am a dog it is my nature to bark. Acting like a leader does not make you a leader. You might fool a lot of people and you might even get some of them to follow you. You may imitate somebody else who is a leader and try and get the same kind of response from people that they are getting because they act that way. But you know there is something about leadership that just communicates without any action at all. A leader can just stand in total silence and be in control. There is an aura about him. It seems to shine forth. Why? Because he is a leader. It is part of his very nature. It is part of his very character. It is inside of him and it shines out automatically.
A leader is somebody who has a following, because when he steps out people follow. He doesn't stand there saying, "So aren't you going to follow me?" I do not have to pull it out of you. You are either getting it or you are not. You are either following me or you are not, and if you are not following me I am not leading you. Now how do you come to that place of being this frail little person trying to be a leader to becoming the confident leader that God intends you to be? I have shared some of it already and we will be looking at it more in other places. Leaders People Follow
Before we look at that though I just want to look at some of the qualities of a leader that makes people follow them. Why do people follow a leader? Why do they flock after somebody who has a big name and who could be considered a leader in the visible church? If you were to sit down and make a list of who are the leaders in the Body of Christ, whose names would you put down? It would be the people that everybody is following, I would say. It shows.
Why do people follow that big leader? Why do people like to hang around with and keep close on the heels of somebody who is a true leader? For one very simple reason, because they are not leaders and they want to be leaders. They want to get close enough to him to try and suck it out of him somehow and get it to rub off, maybe.No data