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What choices must we make in order to be effective in life and leadership? Do we make them once or multiple times? Is there a benchmark for Christian leaders to follow relative to these choices?

Reading leadership or management books is beneficial but should never serve as the foundation for life and leadership. We should learn from examples like the Prophet Daniel (1:4), who was godly plus being skilled and knowledgeable of his times.

David Livingston, pioneer missionary to Africa, formed his choices into a prayer to God . . .

“Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me; lay any burden on me, only sustain me; and sever every tie, but the tie that binds me to Thy service and Thy heart.”

In 1 Chronicles 28:1-10, the veteran leader David is communicating strategic decisions to the next generation. Verse nine presents Three Choices Every Christian Leader Must Make to Be Effective.

Are we willing to?

  1. Know God Experientially. I am referring to more than your personal faith, but nothing mystical. Oswald Chambers said, “The Almighty creates no desires deep in the human soul that He cannot Himself satisfy.”
  2. Serve God Loyally. A person who serves like this does so with wholeheartedness, there is no room for duplicity. I am reminded of H. Dale Burke’s definition of a “Core Value” in his book Less is More Leadership. He says it is “something you will not abandon even if it hurts you in the marketplace.” Loyalty trumps popularity, applause, acceptance or wealth.
  3. Obey God Willingly.  The ultimate life is to live in obedience to God because you delight to do so, it brings great pleasure. I love what Nancy Leigh DeMoss said in her book Surrender on this subject.

“Someone has said that the will of God is exactly what we would choose if we knew what God knows.”

These three choices may sound simple or common, but I have never found them to be so in my fifty plus years of leadership. Every day I have to make a choice to know God, to have an undivided heart, and to willingly walk in His ways.

Tell me about your journey as a Christian leader!

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  1. As a pastor, I recognize the importance of these choices daily, but don’t always make them properly. As a professor once said pertaining to Romans 12:1, “the thing about a living sacrifice is that it is apt to crawl off the altar.”

    • Ken, if I am constantly having to remind myself of the strategic nature of my choices. Thank you for drawing the correlation between our surrender to Christ and the way we make those choices. Mike

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