It has been stated that one of the greatest things missing from our generation is strong, spiritual leadership. It my reading, I came across this quote that challenged my heart. I pray it does the same for you.
Samuel Brengle, a gifted leader who served for many years in the Salvation Army, outlined the road to spiritual authority and leadership:
It is not won by promotion, but by many prayers and tears. It is attained by confession of sin, and much heart searching and humbling before God; by self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice to every idol, a bold uncomplaining embrace of the cross, and by an eternal, unfaltering looking unto Jesus crucified. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves, but like Paul, by counting those things that are gain to us as loss for Christ. This is a great price, but it must be paid by the leader who would not be merely a nominal but a real spiritual leader of men, a leader whose power is recognized and felt in heaven, on earth, and in hell.
You will be the leaders of congregations and preachers. How are you preparing yourself today for tomorrow? Are you growing in your leadership? Who is following you? Where are you taking them? May, by God's grace, we grow in our spiritual leadership for God's glory.
Stay tuned. More on this tomorrow!