11th August 2019

READ: John 1:35-50

“…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.“ – Matthew 12:34

Jesus got Nathaniel to believe in Him. Nathaniel had a personal conviction that Jesus was a good person and that he should follow Him. No one can truly follow your ideas unless he believes in you personally. The two go together.

One of the reasons why leaders must be open is so that people get the chance to know them personally. I sometimes wonder as I watch preachers who say nothing about their personal lives. Could it be that they have no example to give or no testimony to share?

Dear friend, the people you lead need to have faith in you as a person. How can this happen except you open up to them. People get to know what is in your heart by your words. “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).

When people can relate with the things that are in your heart, they will more readily go anywhere you want them to. They will be ready to do anything you tell them to do. When people can feel your passion, drive and vision, leadership will become natural. If you don’t have a passion for anything or a drive to accomplish something, you are not a leader.

Pray for a passion and a conviction. Learning some rules about delegation, authority and management does not make anyone a real leader. That can only augment true leadership, which is from the heart. People will not follow you with their hearts until they believe in you with their hearts. This is the key to making disciples for Jesus. A disciple is a follower, a believer.

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