Saturday, January 8, 2011

YOU A LEADER? Sunday 9 January

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:6).

READ:
Revelation 1:4-6

One commodity the world is in short supply of is good leaders. Even in families, they are needed. A family can be the smallest organization—compromising the husband and his wife. Yet, if the man lacks leadership skills to provide the required direction, guidance, coordination and control, it may be difficult for the family to realize its collective goal. Every organization is only as good as its leaders. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for future leaders to acquire leadership training, education and skills. To succeed, you will need to learn from those who succeed or failed and why they had such outcomes.

“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14). Position of leadership is not meant for all but for chosen few. In the world, there is a large space for followers, whereas the space reserved for leaders is quite small. But in the kingdom of God, it is possible for everyone who receives Jesus Christ as lord and personal Savior to become a leader. Revelation 1:6 says Christ has made us kings and priests unto God the father. Every king has his sphere of influence, area of authority, and subjects under him. If you have been saved, then exercise your God-given dominion over sin, sickness, Satan, agents of darkness and elemental forces. If they are convinced you know your Kingdom rights, they will have no choice but to obey you.

Believers in Christ are destined to reign for 1000 years with the King of kings during the millennial reign, and then eternally with Jesus Christ. In other words, you were born to reign. However, are you preparing for this great leadership opportunity? Some people struggle, fight, malign others and carry out all the tricks in the book just to have an opportunity of occupying a leadership position during their lifetime. But after a few years in that position, they become eternally irrelevant. In contrast, you can be relevant today and in eternity. You may not become a president, governor or captain of industry but you can become the spiritual father of the president or governor. You can become the mentor youths would like to pattern their lives after. You can become a reference point standing as a light in a dark world. Are you occupying this vantage position?

KEY POINT:
God sees you as a leader. But if you do not see yourself as such, you may never lead throughout your life.

Bible in One year:
Prov. 29-31