In Spiritual Practices of a Christian Leader part one, we talked about the importance of drawing close to God, reading the Bible, and Praying. In this post I would like to share some other essential practices every Christian leader should have. If you read through the Gospels you would see Jesus had spiritual practices. Luke 2:52 it says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” I believe this was a direct result of Jesus taking the time to grow spiritually. If we want favor with God and others then it requires doing the same. This is an essential aspect of leadership and influencing others. Here are 3 spiritual practices to think about and apply into your life.
Worship- Having private and public times of singing and praising God is important. The heart of a Christian leader should be to worship God. When we worship God through singing and songs it gives honor to God. Psalms 29:2 says, “Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Taking time to worship God is an essential practice of a Christian leader.
Solitude- A spiritual practice often over looked is taking time for solitude. Solitude allows a leader to get away from distractions to think about God and His Word. It also allows a leader to wait on God for direction and guidance. If we take time for solitude we will hear God more clearly and directly. It’s also a preventative to burning out. Jesus often took time away from His disciples and ministry to connect with God. After hearing about John the Baptist being killed and feeding over 5000 people here is what Jesus did:
Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. ~Matthew14:22-23
People- People are important when it comes to growing spiritually. The Christian leader’s relationships will greatly determine their spiritual potential which will impact all other areas of their life. It is wise to have people who mentor, counsel, and hold you accountable. I believe Jesus sent out the disciples in pairs of two so they could encourage and sharpen each other.
Question: What are the spiritual practices you find most valuable in your life and leadership?