Leaders, get to know those you lead!
They need to hear your voice and recognize it so they can respond to it.
Let the Shepherds communicate with their sheep!
We need leaders who are on the same level as us.
As a former manager, a leader on prayer teams, a teacher and a chaplain, I see how important it is to talk to people, be personable and identify with what they are going through and need.
This is why we must go through various trials. It allows us to know pain and suffer, loneliness and betrayal, pain and suffering etc.
Jesus became one of us. He walked among us, He touched and loved us. He took punishment for us.
As we become leaders in positions of authority, especially in the church body, we must remember to wear the garment of humility under our armour.
Leaders should be mentors not just voices of instruction. They shouldn’t become like Hollywood stars, strutting across the stage. They can’t remain hidden behind security guards. They can’t stay on their platforms or pulpits.
They were chosen to be like David, a King yet full of love for the people, fighting giants and leading by example.
Love, stay humble, be kind and be personable.
Like the old adage,
What would Jesus do?
Lead with Love and speak Truth in Love.
““I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice. “
Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before mea were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd. “” John 10:1-15 NLT
~ Heidi Bryden
Heidi Bryden is a devout follower of The LORD Jesus Christ, whose desire is to hear and obey the calling on her life to serve Him, through sharing what the Holy Spirit impresses upon her through poems, dreams, and words of knowledge.