A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; (I Timothy 3:2 NKJV)
Now, first and foremost, a leader must be blameless. Leaders should lead lives that cannot be faulted, neither from the outside nor from the inside. This means that: concerning what they advocate for, they must not be guilty and concerning the destination they urge followers to, they must not be found travelling in another direction. Those around them should be able to confirm this, so should their own conscience too.
The most effective and most powerful leaders are those who put everything into leading. They believe in the cause wholeheartedly and everything about them says it. Their unity with the cause is complete. Their thoughts, words; actions, secret and public are all in unity with each other and with the cause. They are not many things in one, they are one thing with many parts. Saint Francis of Asisi once said, “do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words”. True leaders communicate the same things with every aspect of their lives.
This requirement is not so much for God’s benefit as it is for the leaders’. And this requirement of complete personal unity with a cause is not only for leaders, it is the law of maximum personal manifestation. To reach your peak, to have the full force of your destiny at your command, to operate with the greatest possible level of personal effectiveness, you must maintain complete personal unity with whatever it is you are doing. You must be fully invested to reap the full harvest of this seed called you! This is the only serious difference between greatness and mediocrity. A Chinese proverb says, “only when all contribute their firewood can they build up a strong fire”. Until all of “you” contribute to one thing, “you” will never burn bright.
The only person strong enough to stop or hinder you is you. There is no demon stronger than the demon within. Many a time, people are there own worst enemies because they are divided up among many things. Leaders set themselves up for failure by not making their cause the very soul of their being. Don’t allow different aspects of your life pull at you like a tug-of-war. Make sure they pull at you rather like horses pulling a chariot. I urge all of you out there to be single not scattered.
Dear leader, the destination is often too abstract and far fetched for the people you are leading. Your job is to bring the destination closer to them by modelling it every step of the way. Please don’t get the picture wrong and mixed up for them.
O LORD COME SOON.