Called to Lead: The Grounded Leader.
Presented by OrLando Yarborough III
Opening passage: Matthew 4:18–20 (NKJV)
· At the age of 6 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I knew my life was changed but I didn't know the full extent of that change.
· I knew I was saved from my sins to a life with Christ and that I would spend eternity in God's presence.
My future would change, indeed.
· It didn't dawn on me how my present--my everyday life--would also change when I made Jesus my Lord and my Savior.
· I'll warn you, though you may already know, walking with Jesus will change everything.
Opening Passage: Matthew 4:18–20 (NKJV)
· Topic: A Call to Lead
· If you thought that following Jesus would be a secondary/axillary activity of your life someone did not let you in on the whole story.
· The invitation to "follow Jesus" is an "all in" proposition.
Being a disciple of Christ means modeling your life--your actions, agenda, and perspective--after a God who came to lift people to freedom and everlasting life:
· John 10:10 (NKJV)
· 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
· Acts 2:21 (NKJV)
· 21 And it shall come to pass
· That whoever calls on the name of the LORD
· Shall be saved.’
· When we come to Christ, we change.
Our nature and purpose and impact become like Christ's.
· One scripture that speaks to this change is 2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 5:17–21 (NKJV)
· I tell you, this change is good news: now our life's work can have eternal consequences (leading people to a life with Christ) and not just temporal consequences.
We can do/have both.
Matthew 4:18–20 (NKJV)
· In our opening text, Jesus calls people into His bigger purpose.
· Jesus takes who He created them to be--fishermen--and gives them a bigger target and more divine agenda--fishers of men.
· A little later, here is what Jesus teaches His disciples and so is teaching us today who are committed to Him.
· Whatever you thought you were doing in life, by reassignment, by changing our nature and our message, walking with Jesus makes us Light Bearers.
· By definition, light benefits those around us.
· We are leaders in helping others see more clearly.
· We are influences in helping people to find their way--to take the better way.
· We are environment shifters--from darkness to light.
· How do we live this leadership assignment with integrity?
· I remember working on a car at night with my grandfather as a boy.
My job was to hold the flashlight.
Inevitably, I would not be focused and look all around where we were.
The light would shift and my grandfather couldn't see what he was doing.
He would say, OrLando, shine the light over here so that I may see.
· You help enable the vision of others as they accomplish the task of coming to Jesus.
How do we, with integrity and consistency, shine the right where they can see Jesus and ultimately follow Him as Lord and Savior, coming to eternal life with God through Jesus Christ?
· Jesus said this:
Matthew 11:11 (NKJV)
· What was so special about John the Baptist that Jesus would speak such?
· John was grounded as a leader.
He Was Called
· He was called and threw his life I to his calling.
· When your aim in life is God’s idea, He’s responsible for the outcome.
· Divine purposes don’t begin with you.
They begin with God — this is what makes them a divine purpose vs a human-made purpose.
· (When my desire meets up with gods vision.?)
Luke 1:11–17 (NKJV):
He Was Authentic
· John did John.
Matthew 3:4 (NKJV):
· Nobody else is doing that but John.
· Well, how did He become Himself?
Through consecration and consecrated time with God
· Matthew 11:7–11 (NKJV): As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see?
A man clothed in soft garments?
Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.
9 But what did you go out to see?
A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he of whom it is written:
· ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,
· Who will prepare Your way before You.’
· 11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
He Had Humility
· John knew who he was and who he was not.
John 3:25–31 (NKJV):
· John understood he was the forerunner to Jesus and not Jesus.
John 1:19–28 (NKJV):
Big Idea Summary:
· God Changes our purpose and trajectory and brings us into a larger leadership role that helps create divine positive change in the lives of others.
· John the Baptist, a great leader, was Humble, Authentic and Called.
Additional Information and Resources:
· Study or review the life of John The Baptist.
Conclusion / Final Thoughts:
Grow in Humility, Authenticity, and Calling
· To grow in....
· Understand what you bring to the table and what God brings to the table.
· Spend time with God, minimizing external inputs while listening
· Meditate on God’s larger plan.
· Let me know if you want help growing in humility, authenticity, and your divine calling.