Leadership of Self
Script for UCB
The most important person we need to learn to lead is our self. In other words, we need to be in charge of ourselves. The thing is if we cannot govern, control and lead our self, how would it be possible or even thinkable to lead others?
It is obvious from scripture that Jesus thought of himself as under authority, that is, under the authority of his father and was doing, saying and being all that his father wanted him to be and do.
In servant leadership, the style of leadership that is required by God, the phrase ‘do as I say not as do’ just does not hold water! Self discipline is a must, but what does that mean. Well it includes things like controlling our tempers, or should I say temperament. The excuse that I often hear from people who loose their temper is, ‘well that’s just how I am’, that excuse will just not do. It might be how you were before, but now that you are a new person in Christ, as it says in 1 Corinthians 5 verse 17, ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come’.
Many times I hear people say, ‘accept me for who I am, God does!’ Well of course, in some senses, that is true, God does not wait for us to change before we come to him, so in that sense he does accept us for who we are and just how we are, as the old hymn says, ‘Just as I am, I come’. But hang on, it doesn’t stop there, the scripture is very plain about this, God’s plan for us is to change us. There are many references similar to the one I quoted from Corinthians, here is another example, Colossians chapter 3 verse 10, ‘and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.’ So it’s obvious that God does not plan to leave us as he found us in that ‘just as I am’ state. The plan is to change us and to make us like his son Jesus.
So how does he do that, or how do you or I do that, that is, how do we change to be more like Christ? It’s not as complicated as you might imagine, though it does take some action on our part, but God is alongside us helping us, encouraging us, strengthening us, being with us every step of the way. I often ask people what it is that God or we use to change and I get a variety of answers including: praying, going to church, reading the bible, the Holy Spirit. They are all good answers, but not the right one methinks. The right answer is ‘think’. The battle ground from God’s perspective and from a biblical perspective is our thinking, our minds, and it is the changing of our thinking and our minds that makes us into good leaders, in control of ourselves, able to lead ourselves and therefore others.
The bible has lots to say on this subject, about ‘putting on the mind of Christ’, there are so many references in the New Testament about having the mind of Christ that I decided to encourage you to get hold of a concordance and have a look for yourself. You could start with Philippians 4 verse 8, ‘whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.
And you could also take a look at Romans chapter 12 verse 2 which tells us we need to renew our minds. ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.’
If you do that it changes everything. Computer geeks say that if you put rubbish into your computer, then you will get rubbish out, they call it GIGO, Garbage in, Garbage out. It’s the same with our minds, what we need is right thinking; that will change us so that we can lead ourselves and then lead others.
For UCB 3 Min Script
Editor A Brookes