Perseverance Always Has Reward In Leadership, It Is An Indispensable Quality!
Leadership Principles Form The Book Of Acts
“Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:21-22 (NIV) — 21Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witnesswith us of his resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22 (NLT) — 21“So now we must choose a replacement for Judas from among the men who were with us the entire time we were traveling with the Lord Jesus— 22from the time he was baptized by John until the day he was taken from us. Whoever is chosen will join us as a witness of Jesus’ resurrection.”
Acts 1:21-22 (MSG) — 21-22“Judas must now be replaced. The replacement must come from the company of men who stayed together with us from the time Jesus was baptized by John up to the day of his ascension, designated along with us as a witness to his resurrection.”
Development Of The Leadership Principle:
We find in this portion of Scripture that apart from the twelve disciples there were other men that followed Jesus and participated faithfully in his ministry in an active and direct way. They walked and followed Jesus during his ministry here on earth.
In Luke 10:1–2 it tells us, “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.”
After Judas left a vacancy in leadership there was a need to seek someone to occupy the place of apostle. More leadership was needed to be able to lead the church of the Lord, a replacement had to be found!
But there was a certain requirement, one of the requirements was that the candidate for apostleship had to have persevered with Jesus during his ministry.
Today the Holy Spirit also seeks men and women with the quality of perseverance in their lives. Those people that throughout the years have remained faithful to the work of the Lord, and have not moved despite the circumstances!
On occasions all it takes for leadership to develop is to persevere where God has planted us.
This is a truth that I have seen throughout the years, a great error is when leaders abandon their ministry when difficult and hard times come!
We must understand without a doubt that difficult times will come in ministry. Sooner or later it will happen to all of us. There will come moments when one desires to throw in the towel and stop serving.
What is it that will keep us firm without fluctuating? The virtue of perseverance! This is what will always keep us in front of our ministry.
The work of the ministry won’t be built overnight it will take time, it will take years!
On occasions we think that success in the ministry will come quickly, but the truth is that the majority of the cases it will take time. It is in these occasions that the key to build is perseverance.
We must understand that not everything will be given to us in our hands, it will take work and dedication on our part. This will be essential if we desire to see a fruitful ministry.
On occasions it will take time to build a good foundation.
It is there when one must remain faithful during the hard times, difficult times, when there is and when there isn’t. In all prosperous times, like in times of lacking. One must simply decide to not give up.
Some things might come to stop us from persevering…
The need of resources, not having! We tell ourselves, if I had this or that my ministry would have success. The truth is that there aren’t people, there isn’t support and there’s no money.
Spiritual exhaustion. This surely will come to our lives sooner or later. Physical, emotional and spiritual exhaustion. Weariness in the work. Ministry is too much, we begin to think that ministry is not for us.
Stagnation. We get stuck, we lose our shine. Our passion dwindles, we lose all emotion to serve God. One begins to lack, to decline in their spiritual life. Those of us who have time serving we begin to think that we’ve given too much, now is the time for someone else to do it!
Distractions. This surely will come into our lives. Certain things will begin to intervene in our service and commitment to God. We stop edifying because of relationships, work, and so many other things begin to be an obstacle for us. From one day to another we lose our commitment!
Let us remember that our perseverance has a reward, persevering in the Lord brings blessings to our lives.
When the moment comes where men and women are sought to take privileges in the ministry, only those who have given testimony of perseverance will occupy those places!
In Revelations 3:11 it tells us, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” To the faithful ones, those that have persevered, that finish their race here on earth, at the end of their lives they will receive their final reward. So let us go forward, let us not go back, the best is yet to come if we persevere!
Reflection & Practice:
How can I persevere in ministry?
What things in my walk with the Lord have tried to hold me back from persevering as a leader?
Why do you think so many leaders ignore, or don’t put importance to this principle?
Foundational Scriptures of the Principle:
Luke 10:1-2 (NKJV) — 10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.2Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
John 15:27 (NKJV) — 27And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
Mark 1:3-5 (NKJV) 3“The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’” 4John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.5Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.
Acts 13:24-25 (NKJV) — 24after John had first preached, before His coming, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But behold, there comes One after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to loose.’
Acts 3:15(NKJV) — 15and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
Acts 4:33 (NKJV) — 33And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Acts 5:32 (NKJV) — 32And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
Acts 10:40-42 (NKJV) — 40Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 41not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God,even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.
Acts 13:30-32 (NKJV) — 30But God raised Him from the dead. 31He was seen for many days by those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are His witnesses to the people.32And we declare to you glad tidings—that promise which was made to the fathers.
Luke 24:46-48 (NKJV) — 46Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,47and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And you are witnesses of these things.
John 15:26-27 (NKJV) — 26“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.27And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
1 Corinthians 15:13-14 (NKJV) — 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
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