CULTURE OF LEADERSHIP
We are each called to be leaders; we are given a high position and purpose.
This idea—this reality—is one of the most important things we can lean into. It’s the foundation of how God intends for us to live and navigate life with Him, and was (and continues to be!) the important next step in my faith journey. It’s about grace not only covering my salvation, but empowering me forward and allowing me to see the significance of my life and choices. I loved hearing leadership described this way on Sunday by Pastor Manny: “Leadership is seeing the God-given value that’s in your hands and stewarding it well.”
Whether it’s the Holy Spirit calling me deeper into something or to make a difficult decision, it’s these moments where I can look at what is in my hand (take a hard look at my life) and realize I’m the only one who can truly decide what to do with it.
“So, friends, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble” 2 Peter 1:10
When we first moved to New York, I attended church mostly when it was convenient. I felt like I had every excuse (new job, adjusting, etc) and I justified it. I knew God saw my heart first and wasn’t counting the number of times I showed up on Sunday, but I found myself feeling like I was missing something. The more we settled in New York, the more I felt this way. And after months, all these thoughts led me to—spontaneously—finding myself in a chair at C3 NYC’s Team Training night!
When I started serving, I was reminded again that obedience actually blesses me; what felt like an annoying conviction actually was another call to lead and learn. It allowed me to see up-close a church that practiced what they preached. It showed me people that led godly lives and weren’t disconnected with the important issues in our culture. It reminded me of Jesus in the way the church was actively loving people. And, as it relates to leadership: before I even joined team, people were speaking things into my life that I hadn’t believed in a long time. They were calling me higher even when I couldn’t see myself there – this is what leadership looks like in a community that is centered around kingdom culture. Not only are we called to see ourselves as leaders, but we are called to see each other as leaders.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
I am so grateful for Jesus, who saved us, serves us, leads us, and calls us to be leaders – together.
— LINDSAY COX