The corporate world seeks leadership qualities such as influence, innovation, vision, and resilience. These traits are key components of leadership. As Kingdom leaders, there is a standard—essential qualities—we must have which transcends the expectations of the world. This devotional focuses on four of the many virtues every Kingdom leader should possess.
- 1 Peter 1
- Exodus 19
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 NIV
Holiness is God’s character. It defines us as His people and His Kingdom leaders. Holiness comes forth only from the Holy Spirit as He sanctifies—sets us apart daily— for God’s use. It is the Lord God’s way of letting the world know we belong to Him. The behavior of Christians should reflect the character of God at all times.
“Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” Exodus 19:4-6 KJV
QUESTION: Does my life and leadership reflect the character of God?
- James 4:10
- 1 Peter 5
- John 15:5
“In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand.” 1 Peter 5:5-6 KJV
“He opposes (to range in battle against) the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” The Lord is provoked against us when we walk in pride. To be humble is to be devoid of pride. It shows our dependence on God in all we do. Humility says I recognize my insufficiency and I depend totally on God to sustain me.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 KJV
QUESTION: Have I acknowledged my insufficiency and placed my dependency on the All Sufficient God?
- 1 Peter 2
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” 1 Peter 2:11-12
The word honest in the ancient Greek means to be morally beautiful, of good quality. In today’s language it means to be free from fraud or deception, to be truthful, legitimate, to have integrity. Kingdom leaders should not have hidden agendas, or be fraudulent in their dealings, but rather, have an impeccable reputation and be known for their integrity. Honesty will cause those who speak against Kingdom leaders to behold their good works and to glorify God.
QUESTION: When the world looks at me, what does it see?
- James 1
HEARERS AND DOERS OF THE WORD
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1 :22-25
Kingdom leaders are mandated to live the word of God, being an example to the world. We are expected to uphold the standard of God in all we say and do. There are people who have never read the Bible or attended a church. That is why our life must be a living epistle (letter) which can be read of men. Our conduct and lifestyle sends forth a message that represents the Kingdom. The word of God should be alive in us for all to see.
QUESTION: Does my life and leadership coincide with the Word of God?