Are you impacting the lives of those around you? Are you passing it on to the next generation? Are you helping to ensure there will be leaders to come? Are you calling people up to their full potential? Are you leading rather than ordering? Are you serving rather than demanding?
Today’s devotional (Forward – day 2 of 7) speaks to this.
If we consider Paul and his efforts to share and spread the good news. If we consider his role and character when it comes to leadership. And consider Timothy … the next generation, we find in today’s reading:
1 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
–from 1 Timothy 5
Are you speaking to the next generation to encourage them? Are you speaking to them about honor and respect? Are you speaking to them about perspective? Are you using the source of truth to help? Are you speaking life and truth to those who are older than you? Are you speaking it those younger than you? Are you speaking to your peers? Are you doing it all in love? All scripture is God breathed – God inspired. It is an incredible tool to help with teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness!
Today’s devotional (Forward – day 2 of 7) puts it this way…
Our goal as leaders should be to make the biggest difference in as many lives as we possibly can. Without compromising biblical truth and principles, you can ensure your leadership can do this.
Strong leaders are cross-generational leaders. But, what is a cross-generational leader? Leading cross-generationally occurs when you are able to lead people in your own generation, the generation that came before you, and the generation that comes behind you. In reality, you must lead cross-generationally if you want to make the biggest difference with your life.
No one in human history has ever demonstrated a greater ability to lead cross-culturally than Jesus Christ. Jesus promised He would return, and thus all generations are looking for Him. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Jesus led and still leads cross-generationally.
Like Jesus, the apostle Paul was also a forward leader who led cross-generationally. In 1 Timothy 5:1-2, we read the words of Paul to his protégé, Timothy: Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters.
Through this text, God is teaching us biblical respect for each other. Forward leadership is biblical and calls us to embrace the love of Jesus for all people. Additionally, Forward leaders are spiritual and recognize that without power from on high, they cannot love all people like Jesus loves all people..
Today, pray for the Holy Spirit to fall upon you and guide you to think more cross-generationally.
“Lord, fill me and empower me today with the Holy Spirit. Lord, compel me to live and lead cross-generationally for your glory.”