You Are A Leader And Steward
You are a leader whether you admit it or not.
You say that you aren’t a manager or don’t have a leadership role at work or anywhere else. Doesn’t matter. You are a leader.
Do you have a spouse? A child? Do you have a friend? Are you involved in some group or organization? Do you talk to someone on the phone?
In some way, form and relationship, you are a leader. Someone follows you, listens to you or values your opinion. You have influence on someone, so, according to leadership guru John Maxwell, you are a leader.
That means you have great power and according to Uncle Ben, you have great responsibility. (No, I don’t have an Uncle Ben. That’s Peter Parker’s uncle and if you don’t get this reference I’m not sure we can be friends.)
Being a leader means that you have been entrusted with much. Ultimately, you have been entrusted this from God. He has given you something to lead and manage, so that means leadership is synonymous with another word.
Stewardship once was used almost exclusively with money or possessions. It had almost nothing to do with leadership. However, I have come to understand that leadership means being a steward of what God has entrusted you with.
He has blessed you with a marriage and family? You need to be intentional about how you lead your spouse and your children. Coasting is simply not an option.
The house He has given you? It’s not just a place to lay your head at night. It’s a ministry center to used for His glory.
Your job? It’s not the salt mines or a shop to stamp the doughnuts. It’s somewhere to work for the Lord and bless others around you.
Going to lunch with a friend? It’s more than fellowship, though that is a very important part. It’s a time to speak truth, love and blessing into that friend’s life.
These are simply some ways to be a leader and steward of what God has entrusted you with. The key is to be intentional and God honoring through it all.
You are a leader. You are a steward.