At the beginning of the year most of us have set Big Hairy Audacious Goals we are aiming to accomplish. Setting big goals, pursuing our dreams and becoming the person we believe we can be is a part of the fabric of our culture. Achieving our goals and dreams however have a lot to do with expanding our capacity to lead large.
Leading larger begins with ourself, our attitudes and then our relationship with others. There are 3 key components that cause us to enlarge our capacity which include character, chemistry and community. I will expand on all three components in future posts, but today we will look at character.
Leading Larger begins with Character – Expanding your personal capacity to lead begins with acknowledging the things that are personally restricting you. The Apostle Paul made a startling statement to the Corinthian church in 2 Corinthians 6:12 when he said, “You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.” Many times our limitations our set by our own affections, or the things hidden and deep rooted in our heart. I can want to lose weight, but my addiction to carbs restrict me from dropping the pounds. I want to conquer my quick temper, but if I’m unwilling to cultivate patience I restrict myself with frustration.
Character is Christ manifesting His image by His power in us and through us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit and not of our own will power. His power is demonstrated by pure hearts, renewed minds, and restored souls. Paul declares what can happen to a believer who is not restricted by their own affections, but instead lives according to the power that works in us in Ephesians 3:20.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…
These are the questions I am asking myself this year. Am I living according to the power that works in us? Is there an area of my life where I have been restricting myself from seeing the fruit of the Spirit flourish in my life? My goal for Character development starts with God’s standard not the one I’ve settled for.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. – Galatians 5:22-25
Without character I will crash as a leader. At the foundation of my leadership Christ must be the cornerstone. When I lay Him as my foundation I have character that will not crack under any circumstances. Leading large may cause you to level what you’ve been building, so the Master Builder can prepare you according to His standard and not your own.
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