To lead your business, church, or team effectively requires knowing and following two fundamental commandments. The commandments must be the foundation to your life and leadership. In Matthew 22, Jesus shares a story about a knowledgeable religious leader who tests him by asking, “which is the greatest commandments in the law?” Jesus’ response revels the two most important commandments a Christian can follow. He said,
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest of the laws. The second is like it, ‘You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ All the Laws and the writings of the early preachers depend on these two most important Laws.
Loving God and other people must be at the center of our actions, mindset, and attitude. These things are above producing results, casting vision, striving for success, taking action, or any other noteworthy leadership task. How can a Christian leader keep these two commandments at the center of their life? Below are some suggestions:
To serve and love God requires that we place Him above our personal and leadership tasks or responsibilities. He should be the first and most important are of our life. This takes a daily choice to die to our self and sin nature while at the same time placing Him in the middle of everything we do. Begin each morning with a fresh commitment to serve and follow God with all your actions and life.
The truth is that loving people becomes easier when we fully love God. When we follow and love God, He transforms our soul and heart into someone who cares and loves people on a deeper level. This allows us to better live with the Fruits of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” ~Galatians 5: 22-23 Loving people while leading should reflect and be clothed with the above elements.
Questions: How do you show love to God and other people? What are some practical ways we can increase our love for God and other people?