Are you developing the character and the traits to make that happen? Are you living a way that is demonstrating and exemplifying them? Are you being a servant leader who is looking for the best in and of others? Are you being a servant leader who is respectful to others? Are you calling people to a higher level and standard? Are you building up relationships with them?
8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
–from Titus 1
It speaks to what a leader should be rather than what a leader shouldn’t be. So we need to be hospitable, love good, be self-controlled, be upright, be set apart, be disciplined and must be above reproach.
Had we started earlier in Titus, we would see what we shouldn’t be as well…
He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
–from Titus 1
We shouldn’t be arrogant nor quick-tempered nor a drunkard nor violent nor greedy! Are you taking hold of the truth so that you are able to share it with those around you? Are you taking hold of the truth and living in a way that others know that you care? Are you?
Today’s devotional Forward (day 3 of 7) pulls it all together this way…
“How to Become a Cross-Generational Leader”
No one in human history has ever demonstrated a greater ability to reach around his own generation, reach ahead of his generation, and reach behind his generation than Jesus.
Forward leaders do three things to influence a cross-generational audience:
1. Leading Relationally
People are no longer motivated to follow our leadership because we have a position or title. People are only motivated to follow our leadership when we show how deeply we care. We must take the time to build relationships with other people.
If we are going to overcome the generational divides that exists today, we have to lead relationally. This means we have to take the initiative with everyone.
2. Leading Respectfully
Cross-generational leaders respect other people. Caution: Forward leaders will be attacked, and when they are, they need to respond respectfully. Yesterday we read 1 Timothy 5:1-2. This passage pictures for us this very call to lead respectfully.
The generational divide ends in Jesus Christ. He brings everyone together. Value others. Respect others. Honor others. This is what forward leaders do.
3. Leading Responsibly
Leading responsibly sees the potential in others, regardless of their generation. Leading responsibly is getting to know other people, listening to them, and valuing who they are—not just what they can bring to your life and leadership.
Each of us makes a choice about how we lead others, view others, treat others, and value other daily. Today, pray: “Lord, fill me today with the Holy Spirit. Lord, compel me to see the potential in all people. Lord, build within me a desire to mentor and buildup those in my sphere of influence.”2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers
–from Forward (day 3 of 7)