Can you be trusted? Do you keep your promises?
As leaders, we are constantly being watched. Our staff, employees, management, customers, clients, vendors, stakeholders, etc. – all are observing how we behave. Even our family and friends are on the watch. The way we manage, motivate, respond, and deal with both good and bad all communicate WHO we really are. I’ve always said that you can really tell WHO a person is during a significant flight delay or cancellation at the airport…
Not only do our actions show others WHO we are, but they also let them know WHAT we believe. We are especially on “display” as Christian leaders. Our actions and reactions let others around us know WHAT and WHO we trust (and value). Am I demonstrating the strength and confidence that comes from FAITH or am I submitting to fear, doubting the outcome of my actions? As believers, we must TRUST God and His promises.
The entire Bible is dedicated to demonstrating that God loves us and can be TRUSTED. He, without fail, keeps His PROMISES.
Joshua 23:14 says “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”
If God can be perfectly TRUSTED, and He keeps all that He PROMISES, why should a Christian ever show worry or stress? God has our back. For example, Psalms 34 says that IF we take refuge in God and fear Him, THEN we will lack nothing. He PROMISES that if we trust Him, we will have what we need. How powerful for those around us, those we influence, to see this TRUST demonstrated through our actions – our FAITH.
James 1:5-7 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
As Christians, our PROMISE has to be our FAITH in God. We have to look to Him to guide our actions and reactions in all circumstances. He PROMISES to give us the wisdom we need, IF we ask – but only IF we ask in FAITH. By demonstrating this FAITH, we not only receive God’s PROMISES, but we make it easier for those we lead to TRUST our leadership and, ultimately, to even TRUST God.
WHO are you? You have to be the same in all aspects of your life – be REAL. The TRUTH of who you are is shown through your FAITH. Do you BELIEVE or are you “blown and tossed by the wind”? Remember – “they will know you by your fruit” (Matt 7:16).