I am reflecting on some key principles of spiritual leadership as I reflected on 2 Timothy last week in a personal retreat. The first key was prayer.
The second principle is encouragement. Paul was one to call out spiritual gifts and help develop those gifts in others.
5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. (2 Timothy 1:5-6)
Spiritual leaders see the gifts in others and call them out. They keep on developing new believers into mature believers. They keep on developing mature believers into reproducing believers.
Spiritual leadership is a constant cycle of cheering others on. It is a joy to watch others flourish in the life of the Kingdom. It’s not a matter of being jealous of gifts. It is a joy to see gifts and diversity of gifts develop within the Body of Christ and see how far the Spirit will take a church!
Keep praying for others!
Keep developing gifts in others! It is our challenge to keep on growing, and challenge others to do the same.