Sunday, November 11 2007
As a pastor, I have a great interest in the concept of leadership and what makes a leader. What qualities does a leader possess? Are leaders born or are they created through training and environment? Do the talents of an individual placed in the right position become leadership skills and what if that person is never placed in that position? Do they seek out a place to use their talents or do those talents just remain dormant?
Today, an article in the Free Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA) caught my attention. The article entitled What makes a hero? Loyalty, along with bravery speaks of the qualities of a hero. It states veterans who had been awarded medals tended to rate themselves higher for qualities like leadership, adventurousness and adaptability.
The church is looking for heroes. Like the heroes that have served our country, the spiritual heroes are those that are willing to sacrifice to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are leaders that teach Bible studies and Sunday school. They are prayer warriors that seek the face of God with a burden to see lives changed. They are the preachers of the gospel that stand in pulpits and declare the Apostolic doctrine. Simply, they are willing vessels that allow themselves to be used of God.