Every Christian is called to leadership.
We will present a strong biblical basis for this statement.
Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they fainted and were scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.” MATTHEW 9:35-38
When Jesus saw the crowds He was moved with compassion. The reason is that they fainted and were scattered, like sheep without a shepherd.
Humanity’s great problem is leaderlessness. People are like sheep without a shepherd.
Sheep need the leading, guidance and protection of a shepherd. The shepherd cares for the sheep. Without a shepherd, sheep are at the mercy of predators and can go astray very easily. Shepherds are essential to keep the sheep safe and secure.
God is asking YOU to step into the gap and shepherd the sheep. God is asking YOU to be a leader.
Note that God’s compassion was activated at the leaderless condition of people.
The problem with the harvest is not that it is a scanty harvest. Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful.
The problem is not that the harvest is under the control of the devil. Jesus said the Father is the Lord of the harvest.
The problem with the harvest is that there aren’t enough labourers.
To labour in the harvest is to accept the call to leadership. Remember that Jesus was moved with compassion because the sheep had no shepherds.
We must pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send forth shepherds. And you must be prepared to be a shepherd.
Many are called but few are chosen. MATTHEW 22:14 KJV
Every believer is called to do the work of the harvest – of reaching multitudes and discipling nations – but not all are chosen to do so. That sounds strange until you understand what Jesus means here in this verse.
We are all called to be leaders. But only those who set themselves apart to the work of harvest qualify themselves to be chosen.
Think of a regiment of soldiers. They are all called to the work of soldiering. However, the ones who stick out as exemplary are chosen to be corporals and sergeants. The point is, any soldier can be promoted to a leadership role. Those who apply themselves and learn how to be leaders are the ones who will be chosen to lead.
The Apostle Paul set the example here:
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God ROMANS 1:1 NKJV
Those who qualify themselves to be leaders are those who separate themselves to the work.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 TIMOTHY 2:15 KJV
The word “workman” here is the same Greek word for “labourer” in the above passage in Matthew 9.
Interestingly, it says in Galatians 5:6 that faith worketh by love. God’s love causes us to go to work for the harvest!
Jesus’ mission was to come for the lost sheep of Israel. Our job as workers is also to find and lead scattered sheep. Every believer is called to this task. There is no such thing as a pew-filler Christian.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth. Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world. Amen. MATTHEW 28:16-20 KJVER
The word “teach” here means to disciple or bring into subjection. The nations are what we are called and appointed to disciple. Clearly, this is a leadership function and role. Believers are tasked with leading the nations and discipling them.
You are called to leadership. Leadership is in your DNA as a child of God. Your Father sits on the highest Throne and your Elder Brother sits at His right hand as King and Lord of the Universe. How could you not be called to leadership?
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 1 JOHN 4:17 KJV
You are as He is. Who and what is He? He is the Ultimate Leader! And you have His DNA as His child! Note that your sphere of operation is this world. As He is in heavenly realms, so are we in this physical dimension.
You have been set on high above all the nations of the earth (Deuteronomy 28:1).
You are the head and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28:13).
You are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
You are a king and priest unto God (Revelation 1:6).
You reign as a king in life by Christ Jesus (Romans 5:17).
You are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9).
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honor have all his saints. Praise ye YHWH. PSALM 149:5-9
It is the duty and privilege of the saints to bind kings and rulers with chains and fetters of iron and to bring judgment upon them. Note that this honour belongs to all saints, even the weakest among us. Even the weakest saint is a leader tasked with governing nations and their rulers!
These verses give believers the right to insist that nations be governed according to the Word of God. The cords of restraint are the principles and laws of God’s Word. There is, of course, a civic code in the Law of Moses for the purposes of law and government. Enforcing the nations to conform to God’s Word is clearly a leadership role.
It is our duty as believers to disciple the nations and bring them under the rule of God’s Kingdom.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. REVELATION 1:5,6
Jesus is the Prince or Governor i.e. the Boss of earth’s rulers.
If you are in Christ, you are a king and priest unto God. You have the authority to make decrees upon this earth to transform how things are here. That means you are a leader.
You are commissioned to release the will of heaven upon earth and literally pull the Kingdom of the heavens out of the glory into earthly manifestation. You are a being sent from glory realms to transform this world of darkness and brokenness into a colony of heaven. You cannot do this unless and until you are prepared to take a leadership role.
You are not sent to earth as a peasant or a beggar but as a royal ambassador with the DNA of the Lord of the Universe in your spirit. You are heaven’s royalty on a mission to a needy part of God’s cosmos. You are the leader where God has called you to lead.
It is of the utmost importance that you constantly walk in consciousness of your true royal identity. Always remember that, just as the true King walked in humility, so must we. Authentic leadership is not lording it over others; it is serving others while drawing from the infinite supply in the Kingdom. But you must be conscious that you ARE a leader.
Your own leadership role is yours to find in the purpose of God and is predicated upon how much you separate yourself to the Gospel.