クリスチャンは、数世紀にわたり、リーダーシップについて討論を続けていました。リーダーになることが聖書的なのか? リーダーになるよりは、従うことに召されていないか? 治めるより僕になることに召されていないか? 本当に、リーダーになることが聖書的なのか?
以下は、Dr. John Maxwellの言葉です。
The lesson title is "God calls us to lead." I'm very excited about this lesson because every person that wants to make their life count for God wants to know his purpose in their life. Knowing the purpose of your life helps you to lead your life and lead the lives of others very effectively. I have an opportunity often to speak to secular companies about the subject of leadership. A few years ago I was speaking to this large lumber broker company. And I taught leadership principles all day and at the end of the day, the senior vice president of the company raised his hand and said, "Hey John, I've got a question to ask you. All day long, you've been teaching us leadership principles, and to be honest with you, they're not corporate. They're fresh. They're different. It's not what we're used to hearing. And your principles, they're just really coming alive. We like them, but I've got ask you a question. Because they're different than what we've heard before, would you mind telling me your source? Where did you get your leadership principles?" I looked at him and I said, "You don't want to know." He raised hand and said, "No, no, I really do want to know. Where did you get your leadership principles?" And now there were other people kind of stirring in the group, and they're kind of wanting me to tell them where I got my leadership training and principles. And again I looked at them and I said, "Trust me on this, you don't want to know." Well by this time every hand's in the air-"Come on, John, where did you get your leadership stuff?" So I finally smiled, and I said, "Well, okay, you're forcing me. I really don't think you want to know, but if you really want to know where I got my leadership material-everything I know about leadership, I learned from the Bible." You ought to have seen their faces. And then I laughed, and I said, "I told you don't want to know." Whenever I sign the leadership Bible that Thomas Nelson asked me to put together a few years ago for people, whenever I sign it, I write those words: "Everything I know about leadership, I learned from God's Word."
Let's begin our journey with the session we've entitled, "God's Call for Us to Lead." I have in my hand a few tools: a hammer, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. These tools all were designed and created to fulfill a specific purpose. In fact, they're rather odd-looking instruments unless you understand the specific function for which they were created. And what's true about these tools is true about every product you can find in any store. Every product is designed and created to fulfill a specific function. I'm going to suggest to you that you were designed and created as a human being to lead. It's part of our God-given DNA and wiring, and I'm going to show that biblically just a moment. Now, there's often a lot of pushback. People say, "Well, I don't feel like a leader. I don't-I'm not a good leader as John Maxwell. I'm not this person, I'm not that person." But I'm going to suggest, leadership is less about position and more about disposition. In other words, if leadership is only about being the CEO or the senior pastor or the chairman or the president, then you're right, not everybody is a leader. In fact, very few of us will be leaders. But if leadership is more about leveraging my God-given influence for a worthwhile cause, then every one of us can lead at whatever level we are in the organization, at whatever team position we have. I believe it's more about you getting in touch with the gifts God put inside you, and then using that gift to serve other people. You will notice you will naturally ripple with influence when you do that. So really, it's not attached to a badge that you wear; it's more about the way you perceive life and the way you go about serving and influencing the world around you. If you think about it for a minute, all of us do have influence, and in hundreds and hundreds of conferences, I've quoted this: "Sociologists today tell us that the most introverted of people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime. Think about that. That's the introverts that don't want rub off on anybody-influencing 10,000 others. How many might you influence, who actually want to make a difference with your life? 50,000? 100,000? A million? Who knows? The point is we're all rubbing off on each other all the time and that's what we believe leadership is really all about. So you can lead at any level. In fact, I believe Jesus' call and description of us is about leadership. Now, I often hear a question from people when I suggest that everyone of us is a leader in some way, shape, or form. The question is obvious, they say: "If all of us are leaders, who's following? Well, think about it for a minute. That's like saying if all of us are selling, who's buying? Well, all of us are selling, and all of us are buying all the time. We're all influencing and being influenced all the time. I'm simply saying how much better could we be if we were in touch with the level of influence we have. If we knew the gifts we had inside and how God wanted to use us to influence the world around us.