Be a Leader

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12, KJV

I have been thinking about what it means to be a leader, especially in the context of being a Christian.

Basically, to be a leader is to set an example that others can follow.

As Paul tells Timothy: “be…an example.”

Timothy was pastoring a church and as pastor he was called to lead the congregation; therefore, he was to set an example for his people to follow.

Few of us will be called to pastor a church, but I believe we are all called to “be…an example.”

I was talking with a friend of mine and she was sharing some reservations she had about sharing her problems with other people because it felt to her like that was failing to “consider others as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).

I explained to her something that helped me when I was struggling with some of the same feelings: Sharing our problems with others is a form of leadership.

It is setting an example that others can then follow. It is essentially saying, “I’m putting myself out there so you can know that you can put yourself out there, too, and I will listen to you the way you are listening to me.”

The truth is: Someone has to go first. Someone has to lead out. Someone has to be the example for others to follow.

It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be able to step up and be that example for other people, and in the economy of Heaven, the one who leads takes the lowest place. Whoever desires to be first must become “the slave of all,” so it does away with pride or any thoughts of being better than the people one is leading (Mark 10:44).

One does not lead as a Christian from a sense of superiority. Rather, one leads from a desire “to serve and not to be served” (Matthew 10:28; Mark 10:45).

The true Christian leader follows the example of Christ who “gave His life a ransom for many” and “made Himself poor that we might be made rich” (Mark 10:45 & 2 Corinthians 8:9). Let us follow His example and be leaders who set an example of humbling ourselves for the sake of others.

With God’s help,

Sadie

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Gianna Jessen – Abortion Survivor

Gianna Jessen – Abortion Survivor
If you do not know who Gianna Jessen is, you should. In 1977 she survived a late-term saline abortion and was born alive, without any burns on her skin but with cerebral palsy due to the lack of oxygen flowing to her brain while she was breathing in the saline solution intended to kill her. Even more miraculous than this, a nurse called an ambulance and had her transferred to a hospital. At this time it was common practice to kill children who were born alive during botched abortions by means of strangulation, suffocation or leaving them to die. The abortion doctor had not yet shown up to work either, so he had no opportunity to ensure the procedure ended Gianna’s life. Gianna’s parents and the abortion providers had a plan for Gianna’s life; God had a different one. Not only is Gianna alive and well but she is an avid follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. She is not afraid to speak His name and give Him honor and glory even when she testifies before governments. I don’t know about you, but I want to be just like Gianna when I grow up. 

With God’s help, 

Sadie

God the Just and the Justifier of the Wicked

God the Just and the Justifier of the Wicked by Paul Washer
It is far too easy to forget the Reason why I am able to do what I do. It is far too easy to think that my life revolves or should revolve around me. But my life does not revolve around me. It revolves around the One who redeemed me. My life is all about Him–the Lord Jesus Christ, my Substitute, who bore the Holy wrath of God against my sin so that I might become the righteousness of God in Him. He saved me not so that I can live my life for myself. He saved me not so that I can make a name for myself. He saved me so that my life might be spent joyfully, happily, enthusiastically, living for the One who saved me. It will forever be my honor and privilege to make much of Him, because God is Just and must punish sin, but because of Jesus Christ, who freely bore my guilt and my punishment, I, a wicked sinner, am freely Justified by the Just One. 

Praise God and give Him all the glory!

With God’s help,

Sadie