June 28, 2016
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 28 June 2016
Are you followable? You may not be able to define “followable” in a dictionary, yet the application and intent of the word is immense because we readily understand what it means to be a leader or a follower. A followable leader has people who desire to follow him or her. Followable leaders inspire others to join them in their tasks, and they develop loyalty from those following them.
A couple of good questions to ask yourself are: Do people desire to follow your lead? Why would they want to follow you? The best example of a followable leader is Jesus Christ. Consider some of the reasons He was able to develop loyalty among the people He led, and then you will understand why it was easy to follow Him. Reflect upon seven qualities of a followable leader.
- Model a vision worth following. A leader needs to convey ideas that endure beyond today. There needs to be an element of faith and risk, which will motivate followers. The vision needs to inspire people to achieve a desired goal, yet is one in which they are not certain how to achieve it. The idea needs to be a greater reality than what someone is currently experiencing. Jesus is the greatest example because everything He did was in light of eternity (1 Pet 1:11). The eternal is a greater reality than people are experiencing today.
- Be willing to lead. A leader who is easy to follow is willing to go first; they lead the way. Jesus endured first. He challenged the relevancy of old methods, and announced the dawning of a new era (Matt 9:14-17). Others could follow because Jesus led by example.
- Remain steadfast. Even through difficult circumstances, a followable leader will finish the course (2 Tim 4:7). Followers know they can depend upon the fortitude, resilience, and resolve of their leader during the most challenging situations. Jesus was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8).
- Display patience. Followable leaders extend grace and forgiveness when mistakes occur. They pace the leadership team until they are prepared for greater challenges. They equip the team with the proper resources and training to complete tasks. Jesus granted much grace to his disciples (John 16:7; 17:6), and to everyone with whom He interacted.
- Challenge followers with superior expectations. People want to follow someone who model excellence for achievements. There is not any intrinsic value in achieving easily attainable goals. Jesus motivated his followers beyond what they imagined (Matt 14:22-33).
- Practice humble servanthood. A followable leader displays humility and is a servant to others, especially those whom he or she is supposed to be leading (John 13:1-17).
- Consign energy into others. Followable leaders consistently invest in other people. They bestow genuine authority and responsibility, as they develop and encourage other leaders. They even replace themselves in crucial positions (Matt 28:18-20).
Would you follow a leader with these seven qualities? Which of these character traits do you need to improve?
Jesus commissioned his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” God has granted a strategy to disciples all the nations, and it has everything to do with leaders. The commission is not merely to make disciples among all the nations; rather, quite literally, “all the nations” are to be discipled. God strategically commissioned his followers to reach Capitol communities for Christ.
Matthew concluded his gospel with an astounding “behold,” and Jesus provides the means by which believers can follow Him, and by which we can inspire others to follow us as we follow the Lord. “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt 28:20).
P.S. Reminder: the next Capitol Commission (interim) Bible Study will be held on the first Tuesday of the month: 5 July 2016.
Your Capitol Missionary-Pastor,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.