"Every great leader has in his heart the characteristics of Christ."
- What are the qualities of Christ that you want to develop in your heart that would qualify you for leadership in your life?
- In your leadership position, whatever it is, how do you stay strong and how you develop those qualities of Christ?
- What do you feel you most need to work on to make yourself a better example and a better leader for Christ?
00:06 Have you ever wanted to be a leader? You're wanting to be someone that God would use to lead others in a significant way? Well, this book of First Timothy is a great book to study where Paul is building in Timothy the heart of a leader. Today we're looking at first Timothy chapter three and we're going to start with verse one and it says this: "It is a trustworthy statement. If any man aspires to be the office of an overseer, it's a fine work that he desires to do." There's nothing wrong with wanting to be leader. Verse two says this: "An overseer then must be above reproach. The husband of one wife or a man with a one-woman heart, a temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity. Because if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of the Church of God?" The qualities of leadership.
01:23 I love to meet leaders and I love to look into the heart of the leaders that I get to meet. I'll never forget meeting with Jim Tressel at Ohio state. And I talked to him about his intimacy with Christ. And he told me about every morning before practice, even at 5:30 or 6 in the morning, he's in the Word for half an hour every day. I asked President Bush when he was president of the United States years ago, what's the most important thing in the world to you? And he said, it's prayer. I talked to Dick Cheney. And I said, who's the most, amazing person you've ever met? And he said, Maggie Thatcher. And I said, what is it about Maggie Thatcher? And he said, it's her courage and her convictions. Every time you look into a great leader, you'll look at a person whose heart has got the characteristics of the heart of Christ. It's not only these world-class leaders, these gigantic, coaches and political leaders that have so much of the characteristics of the heart of Christ. I've seen it in little kids. I've seen it in high school students and college students as well. I remember this one kid came to our camp. He was the biggest kid on his fifth grade basketball team. He could have scored every single point, but his goal when he went on the court as a leader was to make sure that every kid on the team scored. So instead of shooting every basket, he would pass off. They would empty the bench because he could get every rebound and he would pass off till every kid on the team had scored at least one basket and then he'd began to score his points. One thing, no matter what age you are, I believe with all my heart, that's common in every great leader. And I don't believe that some of the visible leaders are truly great leaders. But I mean, every great leader is that that leader has in his heart the heart of the characteristics of Christ.
03:24 And here's my questions for you today. What are the qualities of Christ that you want to develop in your heart that would qualify you for leadership in your life? And then secondly: In your leadership position, whatever it is, how do you stay strong and how you develop those qualities of Christ? And then the last question is this: What do you feel you most need to work on to make yourself a better example and a better leader for Christ? And here's the lifeline for today. The risk we take for him is so small compared to the price that he paid for us. Leadership takes risk. Go for it.