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Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Lead or Follow?

Are you a leader or are you a follower?  Do you set the standard and stick to your plan or do you work to be accepted and approved by your peers?  Are you leading the way?  This is a loaded question because as Christians, we should be leading “The Way” to the truth of scripture in all we do – Setting an example regardless of the consequences.

We are tricked into believing that we should FOLLOW a certain belief, political group, or pattern.  The truth is, we have been called to live under a different pattern.  Being transformed means that we are CHANGED.  We are different.  We stick to values, not dictated by the norms and popularity of this world, but of what is God’s will.

As leaders, we are regularly challenged with driving down a road that follows that which is directed and guided by the world.  Whatever is popular; whatever is WANTED; whatever brings immediate satisfaction – or the least resistance.  In truth, we are called to seek what God wants for our lives – in all aspects of our lives.  As Christian leaders, we should NOT conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing or our minds.  This renewal makes us better – in everything – focused on His good, pleasing, and perfect will.  The renewal comes from recognizing that God has more for us.

Renewing makes things easier.  My grandmother passed into eternity today.  She was the best example of unconditional love for me.  With her, I never felt judged, criticized, questioned, or demoralized.  Rather, I always felt the simple power of love.  I knew she loved me – regardless.

Renewing our minds allows us to lead in a different direction.  It allows us to guide others, in love, to places they believed that could never go.  It gives us power to lead.

Remember –

2 Timothy 1:7

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Lead in a way that takes others down the road of power, of love, and of self-discipline.  Be the source of transformation for those you influence – in all you do.

Lead to glorify God.