Do you want your church to know the power of God? If so, grab hold of the grace of God. "Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him" (Col. 2:6). How did you receive Christ? - "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith." (Eph. 2:8)
One of the best ways leaders can help the church experience the power of God's grace is to grab hold of it themselves. Understand implications of the power of God's grace for your leadership in the following dimensions of it:
Salvation by His Grace (Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 2:11)God's Grace is so powerful it can save, something people cannot do on their own. No amount of good works can save a person. Leaders must make sure they are presenting the right message. Let's not confuse people by putting emphasis on certain doctrines over others or by rigid practices. We must be careful not to appear legalistic or so task-oriented that it is difficult for people to distinguish the line between salvation and good works. Though created in Christ Jesus to do good works, the power to do enough to secure our eternal salvation is not within us. That is why we need grace.
Leaders: Underscore the message by your leadership practices, rather than contradict it.
Spiritual Gifting by His Grace (Rom. 12:3, 6; Eph. 3:7; 1 Pet. 4:10)God's Grace is so powerful it empowers us to effectively serve. You are a leader because of His divine enablement not because you are more special than the next person or that you somehow merit it more than someone else. This should help keep you humble, knowing that it is God at work in and through you as you exercise the gifts he has given you. The type of leader you are grows out of gifting (administration, leadership, pastor) and helps to make you uniquely you, along with your personality, passions, etc.
Leaders: Serve in accordance with His design in your life, rather than try to be the kind of leader He did not empower you to be.
Sufficiency of His Grace (2 Cor. 12:9)God's Grace is so powerful it enables us to be strong in weaknesses. All leaders experience weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties (2 Cor. 12:10) to some degree. When you realize that He is enough, then you will find the strength to be content and thrive rather than get discouraged, despair, or give up. The times when we most fall back on His grace, when we most understand that it is Him and not us, are the times we see the greatest display of His power.
Leaders: Embrace difficulties in leadership as opportunities, rather than shy away from or begrudge them.
Spiritual Victory by His Grace (Titus 2:11-14)God's Grace is so powerful it helps you walk victoriously. Being a leader does not exclude you from temptations and sin. In reality, leaders could find themselves in situations or facing choices that could easily result in integrity breaks. Many a leader has fallen due to giving in to temptations but it does not have to be that way as His grace provides the power to overcome.
Leaders: Rely on Him to rise above, rather than self-will or good intentions.
Significance because of His Grace (1 Cor. 15:10)God's Grace is so powerful it can mold us into who we should be and give us strength to do what we should do. When leaders understand that it is due to the grace of God that they are who they are and accomplish what they do, they are freed up to truly serve as they realize it isn't up to them but up to God to bring about that which counts for eternity. With this understanding, they don't feel the need to compare or compete with others. They can perform because they love God and love people, not because they need to make themselves look good.
Leaders: Work hard but for all the right reasons, rather than trying to prove yourself as a leader.
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