I have been thinking about the word “leader”.

I have been called a “leader” most of my life as I have held several “leadership” positions for the past 50 years.

However, the very word is confusing to me!  You ask anyone and they will explain that the leader is the person in front, the guy in charge, the man with the title “President,” “Pastor,” “Director.”  That is usually why we are called leaders!

Yet, there are three verses in scripture that say that being in front or being in charge does not make us a leader.  It makes us a “follower.” We have a leader and He is the one in charge and, in fact, we should spend our time working on being followers.

Verse #1  Proverbs 3:5-6  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…and He will direct your paths.”  Who doesn’t want God to direct their path even if they are a “leader?”

Verse #2 Proverbs 16:9 “Man plan his course,  but the Lord’s way will prevail.”  Sure, make plans, but realize God has the last word. Satan cannot do anything without God’s permission.  God’s way will prevail.

Verse #3 Romans 8:28 “We know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him…”   Even in tough times, it can turn out good!

There are a lot of lessons in all three verses, but let me tell you what jumped out at me recently.
1.       Bottom line:  Do I really trust God?  Even during tough times?  When things don’t go my way? When I have no answers? Do I really believe that He will show me the way through each situation, opportunity, problem?  I really need His leadership in my life because, most of the time, I do not know the way.

2.       If I trust God, can I admit that He makes the final decisions? Not me, not the devil, not circumstances…it is God who determines what happens.  Am I OK with that?

3.       If I can trust God at all times, and let Him be in charge, do I really believe that He has my best in His mind?  That ALL will turn out good?

There is an old song that I often sing to myself…”My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow!  My Lord know the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow. Strength for today is mine always, and all that I need for tomorrow.  My Lord knows the way through the wilderness, all I have to do is follow!”

We have an awesome Leader!  Let’s make sure we trust Him at all times!  Let’s be good “followers.” That will make us better leaders!


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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