Friday, November 21, 2008

Leaders in the Church

Years ago, my sister held a cell meeting for us. Before she started her topic, she asked, "If you were given a chance to be an animal, what would you like to be?"

Well, I forgot what was my answer. hehehe!

So everyone answered differently...lion, bird, dog, about you?

After everyone answered, my sister said she would like to be an eagle. Why? Because an eagle has leadership characteristics.

Let's tackle each one of those characteristics...

1.) Vision - Eagles have amazing vision. They can see things in a great distance. Same as leaders, we must have visions in life. A certain goal. A main purpose. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, as they say.

2 Corinthians 12:1
"I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord."

2.) Faithful - Eagles are very faithful to their mates. When a male eagle gets attracted to a certain female eagle, he will court the female eagle through a 'flying test' that the female eagle will give him. If the female eagle liked him, they will both be faithful for the rest of their eagle lives. Same as leaders, we must be faithful to the partners given to us by GOD. We must be faithful to our chosen congregations. We must be faithful to our ministry. We must be faithful to our GOD.

1 Samuel 26:23
The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD's anointed.

2 Chronicles 19:9
He gave them these orders: "You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD.

Psalm 31:23
Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full.

Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 28:20
A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.

3.) Never eat dead meat - Eagles never eat meat that they did not kill. An eagle is not a scavenger. It hunts and kills its own food. Same as leaders, we must be industrious in winning souls. We must go to them. We should never be lazy in anything we do. Also, leaders never settle for anything less. A leader must always want the best and the excellent.

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

1 Timothy 3:13
Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Titus 3:8
This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

4.) Storm Attacker - When storms come, other birds find ways to cover themselves, but the eagle spreads its wings and lets the storm soar him to greater heights. Same as leaders, we must use the storms in our lives as a challenge for us to grow in GOD's glory. We don't run from them. We use the storms in our lives to develop us in our character.

"Rather than escaping, the better plan is to meet hardship head on." ~Charles R. Swindoll

"The reason is that hardship, not comfort, tempers strong character." ~Charles R. Swindoll

"A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent." ~ Goethe

"One can acquire everything in solitude - except character." ~ Stendhal

1 Thessalonians 3:3
so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.

2 Thessalonians 1:4
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

5.) Gentle and Attentive - The eagle is ferocious but there is no other bird that is more gentle and attentive to its young than the eagle. The eagle teaches its eaglets to fly by gathering them one at a time onto her back. She flies into the air with the eaglet on her back. Then she swoops out from under the eaglet and let it learn to use its wings then catches it again on her wings. The process goes on until the eaglet learns how to fly. If the eaglet is slow to learn or a coward, she brings it back to the nest and tears the nest apart until the eaglet has nothing to hold onto. Then she nudges the eaglet off a cliff. Same as leaders, we must disciple our young ones. We must be strong for them when they are weak. We must be patient until they learn. We must persevere until they grow in character. We must be there when they need us. We must be helpful and willing to attend to every need.

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Philippians 4:5
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Peter 3:4
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.

1 Peter 3:14-16
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

"True love dares to confront." ~Our Daily Bread (November 21, 2008)

To know more about eagles, I found a very interesting webpage Eagle Christian. A must-read article. I was in awe. It is very educational. Don't hesitate. Click it. hehehe!

After hearing my sister's sermon, I've never stopped admiring an eagle since then and whenever someone asks me what animal would I like to be if given a chance, I'd always say, "EAGLE."

Our GOD is the KING of kings. LORD of lords. GOD of gods. EAGLE of eagles. I would never doubt that for a second. So who else will you desire to worship?


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