“True Spiritual Leadership”, Tom Holliday, on Spiritual Leadership, Ethical Leadership (bold prayer, serving others, The Kingdom of God)

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Spiritual Leadership is Bold. You need to remember that you are a Child of God. We each make ethical decisions every day.

Pastor Tom Holliday of Alexandria Presbyterian Church spoke on Sunday in his series on Spiritual Leadership. 

I sat forward, taking notes. These talks have been deeply treasured in the sermons and the small group meetings. I pass along a few quotes.

We need to learn to Pray Boldly.

He emphasized that a Leader is one that is able to be a “Bold Petitioner”.  His meaning was clarified as he went to one target point.

A leader is one that is able to Pray Boldly.

That means much. It meant that he (or she) was able to go before God’s Presence with boldness and ask specifically for what is needed. More, to ask with audacity meaning fearlessness.

That asking was with a pleading that was more than for oneself, it asking with great need and passion because it is on the behalf of others. We plead for others.

(We learn that their burdens are ours to bear. Our lives are not only ours to live. We live for God. God’s Spirit is alive in everyone.)

We all have a “work” to do in this world, he explained. God’s Kingdom is filled with all kinds of people. We are advocates, legislatures, professionals, homemakers, parents, we are the ethical decision-makers in homes everywhere, cities, nations. This is life.

Our lives are not only about ourselves.

We plead in prayer, on the behalf of others for the sake of God’s Kingdom. It is most effective though when we learn to become desperate. 

You might wonder why we need to be so desperate. I did. Pastor Tom continued.

Leaders need to be desperate because they need to see the enemies poised against the Kingdom of God. There is evil perpetrated against the Kingdom of God. You will become desperate.

Leaders remember that they are a Child of God.

He asked, Are you playing it safe or are you saying, I am a child of God? He continues, Who are you pleaded for? Is it for your family?

Again, Pastor Tom asks us to remember that this life is not just about ourselves. Not even just about our own families they fill our hearts tenderly. They teach us to love. In our communities we extend to fellowship, we reach towards one another.  As we grow in life and especially in the life of prayer, we witness that we are part of God’s Family.

We are all part of The Family of God, this is His Kingdom.

Our work is not just for ourselves. Imagine that you were a potter fashioning a work to be sent out, know that everything that you ‘make’ matters. It is useful. Each decision that we make has an effect on all of the lives around us.

He used the word “Ethical-decision makers”. That is all of us. It is our hearts, the clearinghouse within that is subject to God’s review. Each moment contains a “decision” that we are making.

Every decision that we make is an ethical one.

No moment is stagnant. The potency of life is seeded by God within us by His Spirit. Knowing this, can we afford to be wasteful? How can we not realize our potential to be good and effective spiritual leaders? Each person has a role. We can all act and be potent in our lives. Each ethical-decision is ours to make. We are all leaders. Let us Pray Boldly as a part of leadership.

© 2019 Linda Willows

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