Courageous Leaders - Wednesday April 23, 2014
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
C.S. Lewis wrote, "Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality." Since leaders are to be people of virtue, it is therefore vital that a leader be a person of courage.
In Paul's letter to Timothy, he is seeking to strengthen his courage. In the above verse, Paul inspires him with this truth: God has put within Timothy a spirit of courage.
Throughout my ministry, I have not typically done open-air preaching, but when I have, I have seen God work in powerful ways. One day, I decided to go onto the Oval at the Ohio State University and preach the gospel. That day I stepped out in faith and proclaimed that Jesus Christ is indeed the Savior of the world. A crowd gathered. Many people interacted with me. Some listened; others scoffed and mocked me. Overall, the gospel was proclaimed.
I recall coming home to my apartment later that evening and thinking, "Was that me out there? Did I really just do that?" I became conscious that Someone was in me empowering me to do what I would not have done otherwise. That Someone is Jesus Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Are you leading out in the church or in the family or in your community? Believe this one fact: God has not given you a spirit of fear. Because He has given you the Spirit of Jesus Christ, you have been given a spirit of courage. You are a person of courage! So, step out in faith today-and watch God work through you.
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