Have you ever read a book that has completely challenged the way you live and the way you think aside from the Bible? I had one of those moments about five years ago when I was challenged to grow as a leader. In fact, the statement made to me was "you can never take people further than you have been." So I dug in and found a book that has literally challenged me to the core on how I lead. It's called "Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell. The book is one that you highlight, underline, mark up, and make side notes on every line. Page one was just the beginning. Leadership, defined by John Maxwell, is the ability to gain influence and obtain followers.
Let me challenge your thoughts today. Who are YOU influencing? If you find yourself influencing others, is it in a positive or negative way? Would others look at you and say, "When I grow up, I want to be like them?" Maybe the most important question is this: Are you being the leader that God has called you to be? Jesus left us with one mission before His ascension to Heaven. He told us, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” You can't make disciples if you don't influence people, and you can't influence people if you don't obey God's command to go. Reach into your world today, find someone to influence, and have them follow you as you follow Christ. -Pastor @ericmneal