Thethemes provided to explain the term spiritual leadership have auniversal standpoint in the definition of spiritual leadership. As acommon ground, spiritual leadership entails the recognition of thedestination that God wants His people to realize (Blackaby, 2011).Blackaby adds that, in the process of spiritual leadership, there isthe pivotal factor to rely on God’s power and use that power todirect the devotees of God, to the destination (2011). Hence, it is ahuge role to ensure that Christians live in a way that reflects theirspiritual dedication to a lifestyle that shows absolute glory andhonor of God’s name. Moreover, the purposes of spiritual leadershipplace a huge focus on changing the Christian followers and puttingthem in the appropriate direction that shows full glory for God(Fairholm, 2011). In the transformation, God expects His people toremain sincere in their righteous forms, and have a stronger callingthat allows them to follow the correct path that He expects them tofollow. The primary concern of this paper is to offer the apparentpersonal traits and capabilities that are necessary for a spiritualleader who will exhibit excellent performance in guiding the masses,and assist them to live in accordance with the will of God.
Thehuman soul reflects upon the inner and outer forms. Additionally, itconsiders various aspects that guide the basis of spiritualleadership. The leading internal self-theme of spiritual leadershipis servitude to the works of God. In so doing, the spiritual leaderwill have an ultimate goal to lead a life that glorifies God throughactions and thoughts. Hence, the leader has to act, think, and feelin ways that magnifies the true character of God (Fairholm, 2011).The full commitment to glorify the works of God makes the spiritualleader embrace all people in the masses, show love for friend andenemy. In that regard, the leaders portray trust in the Lord andalways place hope for the promises that God has for His people(Blackaby, 2011). The theme of “servitude to promoting God’sworks” is a calling, and it goes beyond the glory of God to revealimmense love and appreciation for the existence of a higher being inthe human life.
Inthe Bible, Moses was an exemplary figure in the existence of modernJewish religion. He grew up in the Pharaoh’s residence and had apossibility of becoming an Egyptian leader in the future years.However, upon the revelation of the miraculous works of God, Mosesabandoned all he had, and he took the responsibility to lead hispeople to the quest of the Promised Land. The Exodus, which lastedforty years, reflects a life dedicated to praising the Lord andmagnifying His name. Through the servitude and dedication to God,Moses led a huge number of people through the harshest conditions oflife and restored the Jews to the land of Canaan. Nevertheless, Mosesdid not step in the Promised Land, his teachings and directions formthe primary basis and cornerstone of the Jewish religion, with moraland ethical underpinnings that make up the Jewish faith.
Anadditional theme paramount to make and sustain a spiritual leader isthat of servant leadership. With the various forms of leadershipsfalling under constant crisis today, spiritual leadership remains ahighly respected forum perceived differently from the other types ofleadership. Precisely, Christian leadership focuses on the worshipfacilitations, communication skills, theology, hermeneutical, andexpositional skills to help keep the masses within the path directedby God (Fry, 2013). To achieve clarity in such functions, servantleadership is imperative in spiritual leadership to prevent theChristian leadership from falling to an unpredicted crisis. Inservant leadership, the primary focus of the spiritual leader fallssolely to their followers (Fry, 2013). The theme gives the leaders anobligation to sacrifice their lives to follow the will of God. JesusChrist is the classic example of a servant leader in the Christiancontext. Despite being God’s son, and having miraculous powers,Jesus chose to serve humanity. Jesus Christ sets servant leadershipto a notch higher by sacrificing His life and die for the sins ofhumanity, and also, allowing the will of God be done on earth.
MartinLuther was a German monk who felt that the Roman Catholic Churchmisplaced the context of spiritual leadership. His contribution tothe Protestant Reformation decried the papal authority that showedlittle service to the masses who followed the principles of the RomanCatholic Church. His huge outcry concerned the self-guilt inflictedupon the masses making them to offer monetary payments to theCatholic authorities. Luther’s standpoint shows that servantleadership should exempt any interests by the spiritual leaders togain worldly wealth, while claiming to lead the people towards God.
Inconclusion, it is clear that the role of a spiritual leader does notreflect itself through a single theme. It is a requirement thatreligious leaders master their art and combine various themes thatgenerally demote individualism and promote God’s works and investmore in helping the masses to glorify and honor God. More so,possession of such abilities provides the spiritual leader with abasis and a firm position upon which they can firmly direct and leadthe people of God towards the righteous path.
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