There was an older man in the church that I used to regularly meet with before he passed away and he challenged me to become a more effective leader. He would say that everyone was a leader, the only question was whether they led well or not. Consider this for yourself. As you think of the spheres of influence which God has given to you, how well are you leading?
1&2 Timothy and Titus are called the Pastoral Epistles. They describe what an effective leader for God looks like, with a specific focus on what it means to be a leader (elder or deacon) in the church. Timothy begins chapter 3 by speaking of the pursuit of greater leadership as a good thing.
We should learn to be content but at the same time it is a good thing to desire greater influence and leadership, as long as we are doing it for God's glory and not for our own gain or fame. Much of the rest of the chapter goes on to describe the fact that the pursuit of leadership should be accompanied by a quality of life.
A leader's character, relationships, behavior, abilities, home life and track record all need to be evident in order for them to be placed in a position of leadership. It is an honor to be a leader but at the same time it opens you up to greater judgment (James 3:1) and spiritual attack. As you lead at home, work, or church, make sure that your life and leadership reflects the God you are leading people to.
Question of the day: Which one of the qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:2-11 do you need to ask God to help you grow in?
Father God, help me to lead well for your glory. Help me to be an influence for you in my home, neighborhood, job and at church. Grow my character so as I lead my life will reflect Christ and point people to him. Amen.