Don’t Stop Growing
Luke 2:52 (NIV) “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”.
Luke 2:52 (ISV) “Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.”
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s 2018!!! Many of us have resolutions, goals and mottos but make your theme for this year: Don’t Stop Growing!
I taught this lesson at a leadership training and it became a series. I want to share this series with you today and the next couple of weeks ahead.
The opening scripture says that Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and favor. Which to me are the things that make up leadership.
3 Components Of Leadership:
Jesus was wise. Wisdom comes through experience. No one will follow you without experience. A history of proven success will make people want to follow you. When you’ve been through somethings you know somethings. You don’t want to lead without wisdom.
Jesus grew in stature. He grew wholly in physical size and personal strength. One translation says He grew in maturity; this deals with His character. He grew physically and socially. You can’t be a leader if you don’t have character, confidence or communication skills. He developed as a person.
Jesus grew in favor. He had favor with God and with man. In other words, He had influence. You cannot be a leader without influence. Influence is your ability to make an impact on a person. Do you have impact, respect, credibility with people? Leadership overall is influence. God is going to give you favor with people!
Jesus grew in wisdom [experience], stature [character] and in favor [influence]. In other words Jesus GREW into leadership. You may be thinking, I thought Jesus was born a leader, given the gift of leadership, naturally a leader? Yes! He was born to be a leader but He had to become a leader. Leadership is process. It doesn’t matter if you have a natural gift of leadership or not; no one is exempt from the process. You are like a seed of leadership. You will be a leader but the seed doesn’t do any good until it is planted, watered, then it blossoms. You’re supposed to be a leader but it’s a process. You must keep growing!
A Biblical Leadership Philosophy…
- You’re destined to lead but you must be disciplined to lead.
- Leadership starts inwardly before it manifest outwardly.
- Greatness lies within each individual but it must be drawn out.
- You are a divine solution to a satanic problem seen in your generation.
- It’s not about a “title” it’s about a “task”.
- Motivation and edification to others is the purest form of leadership.
- The legacy of a true leader is the reproduction of other leaders.
Our culture has taught us to fit in and be nothing but followers; but God wants us to lead! This philosophy is all the reasons you can’t stop growing. I will go further into this philosophy during this blog series. Today, we are setting the foundation. This philosophy is modeled after Moses.
When you stop growing you stop leading! How did Jesus grow?! How can we grow into leadership? How can we develop or become the leaders God wants us to be? The same way Jesus grew is the same way we must grow. How did Jesus grow? He sat under the teaching of other great leaders! He got exposure and training!
Let’s go a couple verses ahead of our opening verse. Luke 2:41–47 (NIV)
“Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” Luke 2:41–47 (NIV)
Jesus grew because He sat under great teachers and leaders. That’s how we grow! You develop the leader that’s inside of you when you sit under the teaching of other anointed exceptional leaders.
That’s the formula for this year: Train, Expose, Know, Grow and Lead! There is potential in you! Develop that potential in you this year. Whatever you do, DON’T STOP GROWING!!!