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November 22, 2018
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God's Word

Bible-believing Christians have been taught that Jesus Christ is both the incarnate and inspired Word of God. As a result of this teaching, we have learned that one of the ways He chose to reveal Himself to man was through His Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

The blessed gift of His Word is the source and essence from which all good things flow. This includes our leadership responsibilities.

Jesus chose to live among humans for approximately 33 years and for people to get to know Him on a deep and personal level. As our Creator who made us in the image of God, He wanted to make sure that we have ample resources necessary to discern and then imitate the holy and righteous nature of our Lord. He has never been interested in Christians acting out, creating, or engineering worldly thoughts and man-made machinations of what they think to be holy and right. God so loved the world that He gave us everything we need in His Word in order to reflect His righteous nature.

The old sin nature of man remains determined to produce some new “creative genius” so that humanity can take all of the honor and glory. The world loves to focus on what man can do to “fix” war, poverty, crime, hunger, drinking water, disease, and more. By doing so, the world believes it can help to bring the focus, prominence, and the goodness of man to the forefront. God simply wants us to reflect on and live out the Christian faith that has already been established in His Word. He doesn’t want any pretense, false humility, or pride. He wants us to focus on Him and His Word.   

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

The Savior of the world lived among men and exhibited unmerited favor toward His children in a manner that depicted absolute truth and righteousness. He was fully God and fully man. His willingness to experience humanity and then die on the cross for the sins of the world is all we need to know about His leadership style and moral character. His character begins and ends with a deep love for His children. All He expects is for us to reciprocate that love back to Him by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ. This seems to be a small price to pay for the blessings and spiritual riches we have been afforded here on Earth.

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Rom. 11:36)

We know that God is the source of all things (“of Him”). He is the source from which all things flow that will shape our spiritual and moral character and give to us the ability to lead (“through Him”). God should also be the focal point and center of our earthly existence (“to Him”) as we give to Him the respect, reverence, and glory that He deserves (“to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”).   

We have also been taught as Bible-believing Christians that His Word is supernatural and beyond human understanding. Let’s take a look at some of the words that describe the Bible’s majesty.

Visionary

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Prov. 28:18)

God casts a vision for His people through divine revelation from His Word.

God-breathed

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Verbally-inspired

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Gal. 1:11-12)

Inerrant

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matt. 5:18)

Indestructible

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. (Isa. 40:8)

Infallible

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Pet. 1:19-21)

Eternal

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

(Psalm 119:89)

What a privilege it is for Christian leaders to be able to look in the Bible and take comfort that “all things leadership” can be found. The inspired Word of God is the most perfect leadership manual in every conceivable way. I believe that the highest model of leadership has been determined since the foundation of the world. God has revealed that model of leadership in His Word. In the very beginning, wisdom charted her course for the holy and righteous nature of Christian leadership to exist. When we become a child of God and diligently seek the Scriptures, we learn and discover (progressive sanctification) what it means to be true Christian leaders. 

The Bible is the source of what it means to be a leader. The world continues to work hard at developing revolutionary and innovative leadership models that can change the world. Month after month, leading publications offer their version of the latest and greatest in leadership theory. Outside of some technical jargon or reframed concepts, I have never found any worthy leadership concepts that can’t be traced to God’s Word. He is the Alpha and Omega! Praise God!


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