For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
2 Peter 1:5-9
This week at TJC we are looking at how to achieve victory as leaders in the Kingdom.
Before Jesus led his Apostles into the desert to fast and pray, he fasted first. Before he sent his disciples to minister, he ministered first. His leadership allowed him to compare their stories of casting out demons and healing and conversions to his example to measure their growth in every trait mentioned in 2 Peter above.
For gains to be measurable, they must be quantifiable or else there is no way to compare yesterday to today or be held accountable. When I lift weights I have to consult previously documented sets and adjust my weight or repetitions based on my goals, strength or endurance. As a Christian leader, we should be able to quantify our responses of perseverance, courage, self-control, kindness, love and other Christ-like behaviors to the world around us and improve based on our goal, bringing Christ’s light into the world. Are we improving or going backward when we are called on to use these traits?
We are called to hold ourselves and others accountable and to foster fruitful growth. Carl was a great example from yesterday, highlighting how, with the work of a faithful leader, he progressed from a majority of bad days to solid weeks of good days. We set the example by practicing discipline in our own lives and understanding how to measure our gains against Christ’s example. We do it first. Then we teach others.
Daily Battle Order
Reread 2 Peter above and rank how well you responded with each Christian trait this past week. Pick two traits and write down how you will document and measure your improvement over the next month so you can grow as a leader and better lead others into a deeper relationship with Christ. Lastly, pray and ask God to help you grow in your leadership capacity.