Read Ephesians 4:1-10
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (v. 7).
To be a leader there must be followers, but what is it that inclines others to follow the leader? Some might say charisma, or a strong personality, a vision, or enthusiasm. While these may contribute pieces to the equation, what are the necessary gifts for leadership? As Christians picking up lead-ership roles in the church or community, what matters most?
The first verse of our study passage puts an emphasis on role modeling as it says, “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” Then the writer lists areas in which a leader is to be exemplary, such as: humility, meekness, patience, and forbearance. The objective is to spawn and maintain unity or harmony. While all of these may be considered gifts for leadership, the gift that enables these is the “grace” mentioned in verse seven. This is more than “unmerited favor,” it is “divine influence on the heart that is reflected in the life.” This is the most crucial gift for leadership. (Rodney Stearns)

We trust not in our native strength,</ br>But on His grace rely,</ br>That, with returning wants, the Lord</ br>Will all our need supply.</ br>Lord, guide our doubtful feet aright,</ br>And keep us in thy ways.</ br>— Benjamin Beddome

The best leaders carefully follow the Leader!

This devotional is the Thursday, July 27, 2017 entry of Opening the Word.