One thing that has been on my heart lately is thinking about the best way to lead others in Christ. This may sound weird, but we need to be small leaders. Some of the best impact that has been done to me is when people have invested heavily in me. As you know, we all have the same amount of time as the next person does each day. I knew that these people must have truly cared about me because they could be doing something else with their hour instead of meeting with me. They cannot do that with everybody, otherwise they wouldn’t get any sleep. Now, we can attempt to meet with everyone that we want to impact for five minutes each week and spend little time with them, or we can meet with three or four people for an hour over coffee each week and invest completely in them. These three or four people then get a few others that they want to invest in and then the chain of transformation begins. As a leader in the church, the most rewarding thing you can ever do is to see the people you invest in grow in their relationship with God. To this day, the most impactful moment in my ministry that I will always remember was when I got to be there one-on-one with a student and get to pray with them as they accepted Christ into their life. Even Jesus led small. One of the twelve disciples that Jesus had was Peter. Jesus invested a lot into him. Peter got to do all the fun stuff with Jesus like walking on water, getting to see the transfiguration, and also getting to speak the first sermon of the Christian Church as we know it today. Because Peter was heavily invested in by Jesus, he trusted Jesus on the path that He was taking him. Even right before Jesus ascends back into Heaven, He tells the Disciples in Matthew 28:19 to “Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy spirit,” but it doesn’t stop there. In verse 20 Jesus also says, “and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” To make disciples, we need to teach. The definition of disciple is a student of a teacher, so we need to teach the students. Here are 3 great ways that I think will help you be a great teacher and investor in the lives of others.
1. Get a Mentor
We all need to be constantly learning on how to grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus. There is no better way to do this than to have a mentor who can sit down with you and just talk about life. Sometimes, you’re closest friends may be your mentors and you may not even realize it. Your mentor is a person that you can go to when things are not going well. They are the person who provides strength and encouragement to you when you are struggling. They are the one that is there for you when you want to tell somebody about the amazing things that God is doing in your life. A mentor is a huge help to you in helping your walk with Jesus.
2. Be Present
One of the most important things you can do with those you are mentoring and leading is to be present. I remember when I was in youth group, if our small group leader was not there, then we all noticed. This was because he was very present in our lives. He wouldn’t just be our leader in small groups and that was it. He would show up at different events that we were a part of like sports, band, and graduation. He was also present by listening to us. When we had problems, he would listen to them and try to give us advice, or help us through our time of trouble. He was present both physically and mentally. To be a great leader, we need to do same.
3. Don’t Turn Back
To the people you are leading, you are Superman. They really look up to. You may realize in the process of leading others that it may become very difficult and that you wish you could go back on being that person’s mentor, but know that you truly are making a difference. I never knew what kind of difference I was making in our high school ministry until my Senior year graduation at the church. Before this day, I thought about if I had really made a difference in my time in high school. When my name was called for people to start telling stories that meant a lot to them that I was a part of, nearly the whole room lifted their hands up. I instantly started tearing up and felt God speak through my heart, “This is the impact you made because you never turned back on Me.” My encouragement to you is to not turn back. Things will get hard, but you got to keep your trust in God and follow Him. That is the only way to find true peace. One of my favorite verses is 2 Timothy 1:7. It says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” Remember this as you go on with your day.