Leadership Brings Direction

1st APRIL, 2021

Christ for Youth International

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” [Matthew 5:14 NKVJ]

The Bible says in John 8:12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” [NKJV]

Jesus says that those who follow Him would not walk in darkness. What happens then, when we walk in the dark and not in the light of God?
⏩ We cannot distinguish between the good and evil.
⏩ It hinders or paralyses our movement and sense of direction because we cannot tell what is ahead of us or around us when our relationship with the Holy Spirit is hindered.
⏩ We may not identify the state we are in. Thus, we cannot see ourselves for who we truly are. It is only in the light of God that we are exposed to the damages sin causes in our lives.

Unfortunately, this was and is the state the world is in. But as believers, we fret not, because Jesus came as the light of the world. He brought direction to many and continues to do so through us today. As leaders, we can only direct others by closely following the path of Jesus. A leader without Christ carries no sense of direction; it makes them no different from the world and therefore they would not be able to draw the world out of the darkness.

Jesus is the way. He directed us back to the Father and reconciled the broken relationship between man and God. With Christ in our lives as the light, He gives us the reflection of our new identity in Him. In addition to this, He gives us the wisdom of God to help us navigate through a dark world that cannot distinguish God’s way from the world’s way because the devil has blinded them. But it does not end here so let us not lose hope.

We see in Matthew 28:18–20 that Jesus gave the great commission to all who call themselves children of God. We are to reconcile the world back to God. And we can do so by exhibiting the wisdom of God and by letting our actions reflect the dictates of God’s Word. The difference the world sees in us, will in turn point them to the new creations we become when we surrender to God.

As light bearers, we must let our lights so shine so that it may illuminate the path that leads to life, and peace and continually remind the world of the path to salvation that has already been paved through Christ.

Will you carry the mandate of leadership to be that light, and direct the world to Christ? Or will you hide it and leave the world in darkness?

Heavenly Father, may our lights always shine, so that the unsaved will be drawn unto salvation.

Further Reading: Psalm 32:8

Bible In One Year: 1 Kings [2–5]

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