As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called. Ephesians 4:1-4
Everybody is leading somebody somewhere. We rarely stop and consider where people end up when they follow in our footsteps. Contrary to what we might think, leadership isn’t reserved for an elite few or determined by a job title or position. How we see the world, and our part in it, determines our willingness to take action.
Leadership isn’t a destination we arrive at, but instead, it’s something that gets formed in us in every moment of every day. We all have been given influence and have the power to make a difference in this world. Opportunities to influence are all around us. During the course of our day, we must pay attention, or we’ll miss them.
Understanding the significance of the small things is something we underestimate. Because they go unnoticed on a big stage, we don’t think they carry any weight. But, they do. The small things matter. These “as you go” moments of influence serve as the building blocks of leadership. Big things are just a pile of little things done well over time. The collection begins to grow when we continually do what we can with what we have where we are.
The reality is that God doesn’t need us to do “big things” for Him. He would manage fine on His own. Because He loves us, God graciously invites us to have a role in the bigger story He is telling in this world. We get to play our part in making His name known. By displaying humility, obedience, and faith, we can boldly step into opportunities that come our way.
We find our calling by leveraging our lives for the benefit of others. The weight of His image is seen in us today while the weight of His image is seen in them tomorrow. This type of investment can’t take place at arm's length. It’s impossible to lead from a distance. Impact only happens through investment. As we pursue Christ with abandon and try to reflect His character, people encounter the love of God.
Everybody is leading somebody somewhere. When people follow you, where do they end up?
God, help me not to take the influence I have lightly. Rather than being focused on making a name for myself, may my words and actions bring glory to Your name. Open my eyes to the opportunities to love and serve others that happen as I go about my day. Give me the courage and boldness to respond when I see a need. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.