My Advice for Young Leaders: 7 Important Considerations
These babies are worth their weight in gold. These 7 leadership considerations have come from hard work, a chorus of voices in my life pouring into me, and of course from studying the word, and learning the ways of God. Give this a read and let the Holy Spirit speak to you! If you are moved by one in particular, feel free to share this with your friends. Love you all. – Jeremy
1.) NEVER LOSE THE FIRST COMMANDMENT!
My advice for young leaders? Dive deep in receiving the love of God! Let him firmly root and ground your heart in His love. Ministry will not satisfy you emotionally at the end of the day. It is dangerous to not have a deep grasp of his love and pleasure for you. If you don’t you will try and fill that void with “success” or the “approval of man” or “temporary pleasures” all of which are pit falls that can derail your destiny. Never lose the first commandment!
2.) JESUS IS BETTER THAN A TITLE!
My advice to young leaders? Make your life about moving God’s heart! King David moved Gods heart on the hillside then was put in leadership over a nation. Once promoted, the test is – will you continue to keep your life aimed at moving His heart? The second you get more worried about your job security than what would move His heart your in dangerous, fruitless, and boring waters! What title or position can even compare to Jesus?! …NONE!!
3.) BE A TRUSTED VESSEL…
My advice for young leaders? If relational tension causes you to lose sleep now, don’t aspire to leadership quickly! In this season, allow the Lord to set your identity in his love, and purge you from man pleasing and insecurity. Remember, we are not aspiring to lead for any other reason except to obey his word completely and see heaven invade earth. So, ask yourself this: “Could I be trusted with a precious word from His heart and not waver to the right or the left because of controversy or popular opinion?” Go deeper by praying over yourself daily, “Lord, give me THICK SKIN and a TENDER UNOFFENDABLE HEART. I want to be A TRUSTED VESSEL to carry out your HISTORY SHAPING WORDS.”
4.) DON’T GET DISTRACTED BY SIZE.
My advice for young leaders? Remind yourself constantly: It is not the size of your ministry that will matter at the end of the age, it is the size of your whole hearted love and complete obedience to the word of the Lord over your life!
5.) DRAW ATTENTION TO JESUS.
My advise for young leaders? Drawing attention to your weaknesses out of “humility” is still drawing attention to yourself. Let your life be a transparent window that clearly displays Jesus and magnifies his glory. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less!
6.) LIVE FREE OF COMPARISON.
My advise for young leaders? If you cannot freely celebrate someone else’s success or promotion, than you should cry out to God and repent of jealousy and comparison. The scripture says, where jealously and selfish ambition exist there will be every kind of evil! Jesus is so committed to you that he will not release you into leadership until you learn how to release others who will go farther than you!
7.) WAIT FOR HIS COMMISSIONING…
My advice for young leaders? Serve – set an example – live a focused personal life – and WAIT for HIS commissioning. NEVER ambitiously pursue a position. Go low – trust – dive into the word and prayer relentlessly – and don’t take yourself too seriously! You will have the rest of your life to carry responsibility; rejoice that you can just worry about you and Him right now. How you use this season is directly connected to your future!!