Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Leadership (Part 45, conclusion)
Respected By Outsiders
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
1 Timothy 3:7 (NIV)
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Colossians 4:5 (NIV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: consider an urgent conclusion. The last leadership qualification given from Paul to Timothy was a 'Good reputation with outsiders.' Why? Because outsiders are the goal of evangelism.
If outsiders don't respect God's insiders, why would they want to enter His kingdom?
When Jesus said 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation' (Mark 16:15), I'm pretty sure 'all creation' includes outsiders. My problem with most insiders is they simply preach to each other. They hang out together, lift each other up and talk 'Christian.'
Understandably, most churches hope to expand their ministries, but here's my question: Are they trying to reach unaffiliated Christians or unaffiliated people? Because to foreign ears, 'Christianese' is a strange tongue.
Outsiders need to hear good news in a language they can understand. Consider these universal translators: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.* Actions spoken in this language erase cultural boundaries. They are welcomed everywhere.
Even more, if outsiders are afraid to come in, then insiders must be bold to go out. So embrace your roles as missionaries and go where the people live: media. How better to reach them? How better to lead them?
'How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?' (Romans 10:14).
Enter stage right, actors, models and talent for Christ: a church without a roof starring preachers without a pulpit...
Unless a pulpit can be media, which it can...
Unless preachers are performers, which they are...
Unless God rescinds His Great Commission, which He won't.
Therein, practice your qualifications for leadership daily.** In each quality of strength, praise God and stay strong. In each quality of weakness, praise God and become stronger.
By them, uncover God's church. By them, fulfill your destiny.
* The fruit of the Holy Spirit: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%205:22-23&version=NASB
** Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider each quality of leadership. Are you...
God-surrendered, God-fearing, God-loving, Bible-loving, Family-loving, Saint-loving, neighbor-loving, Jesus-exampling, light-bearing, brethren-teaching, cross-carrying, Spirit-filled, faith-filled, mission-minded, sober-minded, prayer-dependent, servant-hearted, temptation-resistant, bribe-resistant, self-sacrificing and self-controlled?
Are you exhorting, preaching, responsive, temperate, fervent, patient, peculiar, experienced, wise, humble, meek, pure, genuine, truthful, peaceful, fruitful, gentle, merciful, impartial, joyful, correctable, hospitable, generous and kind ambassadors, who are respected by insiders and outsiders?
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.