The soul-winner must have the power of spiritual leadership, and spiritual leadership is a thing of the Spirit, and not of birth, rank, title, education, or circumstances. Joseph was a youthful prisoner in an Egyptian dungeon, but he walked with God, and was "a prosperous man," for God was with him, and one day he reached his rightful place next to Pharaoh's throne, the lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison (Gen. 39 and 40.). Paul was a prisoner under Roman guards on board ship, hastening to Caesar's judgment bar; but one day God's winds made the sea to boil, and winds and waves smote the ship, and when men's hearts failed them for fear, Paul, by right of spiritual kingship, became the master of all on board. (Acts 27.). Spiritual leadership is not won nor established by promotion, but by many prayers, tears and confessions of sin and heart-searching and humbling before God, self-surrender, a courageous sacrifice of every idol, a bold and deathless, uncompromising and uncomplaining embrace of the Cross and an eternal, unfaltering(persistent) looking unto Jesus crucified. It is not gained by seeking great things for ourselves (Jerimiah. 45:5), but rather, like Paul, by counting those things that were gain, loss for Christ. "What things were gain to me those I counted loss for Christ. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ. (Philipians3:7, 8.)
Qualities of a Great Spiritual Leader
A great spiritual leader should always have courage. A spiritual leader needs to do what is right in the sight of the Lord, despite what his/her followers say. In the Bible, the Lord asked Gideon to reduce his army size to 300 and to break pots as a weapon of war. What the Lord is asking us as leaders sometimes can be counter intuitive (contrary to what you expect). It doesn’t make sense to you, but you know that it is from the Lord. It is then your courage that will help you to follow through. If Gideon did not have the courage to do so, he might not have had the victory that the Lord had planned for him. Be strong and courageous as a leader, and trust the Voice within you. Good leadership is as a result of commitment. A spiritual leader must set an example by being committed with his time and money. John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that He gave His only son. A man can give without loving, but he can never love without giving.
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