10 Leadership Lessons We Tend to Forget

Most of us are forgetful people. Even leaders of God’s church tend to forget truths we desperately need to cling to when the work becomes hard. Perhaps you forget, like I do, that:

  1. You are never alone. Never. Ever. Not even for a second. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5). No matter how lonely the work is, He is with you.
  2. You can have the laborers you need for your team. Jesus told us to pray for workers when we need them (Luke 10:1-2). Do what He said.
  3. You can gain wisdom if you ask. All of us need God’s wisdom, and James told us how to get it – ask (James 1:5). Take the Bible at its word, and trust God to give you wisdom.
  4. You can forgive those who hurt you. Jesus told us to forgive others (Mark 11:25), and God enables us to forgive as He requires.
  5. God will meet your every need. He may do it in ways you had not considered, and He will operate according to His timing – but He will take care of you (Phil. 4:19).
  6. God knows your pain. In fact, He knows everything, including the secrets of your heart (Psa. 44:21, 1 John 3:20). You have the privilege of running to Him with your deepest hurts.
  7. The Word you teach and preach will not come back empty (Isa. 55:11). It will always accomplish its purpose, even if the results are not immediate. The Word has power. 
  8. God can change the knuckleheads in your life. That’s what He did with the disciples – He turned uneducated, untrained, arrogant, divisive, fickle men into heralds of the gospel who gave their lives for Him. He still changes lives that way (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
  9. Your failures need not be final. Simon Peter fell, but Jesus welcomed him back (Mark 16:7, John 21:15-20). Christ is a forgiving God.
  10. You’re on the winning side. Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who will reign forever (Rev. 19:16). Nothing you face today, no matter how hard it is, will change this fact.

Christian leader, remember these lessons – and press on today. 

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