But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.
– Matthew 2:6
Leadership is the first purpose of Jesus mentioned in the synoptic gospels. Jesus came to shepherd God’s people. He came to provide leadership and every responsibility that comes with that calling. Similarly, some people are created to lead others.
Are you the kind of person people naturally flock to for direction? Do you feel burdened seeing people living without coordination or below their best? Do you always want to help people improve and become better? These are some of the burdens of leadership. Perhaps, you are called to be one.
Jesus felt likewise at one time. “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). If you are not called to do it, you probably won’t feel so burdened by it. The fact that you are so consumed about it is because God has called you to do it.
Leadership does not necessarily mean you must rule your nation; although, you could be entrusted with it. Leadership starts with doing the best you can with the number of people in your care, helping them to attain the best they can be. The test of a leader is his/her ability to influence others to achieve set objectives, whilst equipping and helping them to become better along the way.
Leadership thrives on influence. Anyone who would rather be left alone and not be disturbed by the affairs of others might not have been called to leadership, because a leader interferes and works on/with his charges until they fully evolve.
If this sounds like you, don’t wait for a push, start making a difference right away.
You will succeed in Jesus Name!