Leadership and Discernment

A math problem:
Question: Three frogs sat on a log and one decided to jump off.  How many frogs were left on the log?
Answer:  Three

Explanation:  Although most everyone answers “two”, the correct answer is “three”.  Just because that frog decided to jump off the log does not necessarily mean that it actually did it.

There is a gap between what you decide and what actually happens.  So many times we assume…only to find out later, we are in big trouble for “jumping before knowing all the facts”.  
What happens to our attitude when conflict appears?

As a leader, do we allow a person who is angry or being spiritually immature change our positive attitude or direction for the church?  Absolutely not!  But in truth, so many church leaders are afraid of confronting a negative person or one who has a haughty spirit.  By not confronting this person, the direction of the church is driven by those who have little or no godly direction or call.  They just want their way on whatever is bothering them.  We have all heard, “The squeaky wheel gets greased.”  That principle will never be a fundamental goal of Christ’s church.  Leaders must lead and teach others.  Please remember, a crisis is not necessarily a negative situation.  It is simply a turning point at which your ability to lead is tested.  How will we react?  Are you confident in your leadership skills?  Are you falling back on your own skills or are you allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in love?

Jesus gave us perfect examples of discernment.  When scribes and publicans approached Christ with a question, trying to entrap him, he was able to see through the real question or issue.  When people approach a leader with a complaint or issue, we must ask ourselves whether this complaint or issue is a real issue or is there some other underlying reason that really needs to be addressed?  We need to ask ourselves, what background did these people come from?  Are they trying to take advantage of you or just having a bad day?  Are they trying to take out frustrations on anyone who will listen?  Do they have problems at home?  Or are they just trying to get their own way?  So many different analogies!  That is why it is vitally important for all leaders to rely upon the direction of the Holy Spirit, to guide and lead us.  Only a spirit-led person can begin to solve these situations.  Once we understand the real problem, we then can bring a loving solution to that individual or situation.  Remember, it is all about relationships!

One area that most Christian leaders often forget is that it is probably wise to assume that most people have not been in church all their lives and there may be differences of opinions, and some of those opinions may be contradictory to the Word of God.  2 Timothy 2:20, 21 states, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.”  A true leader is one who has been tried by fire and comes out honorably for the glory of God.

In a time of crisis, whose vision would you rather rely upon, yours or God’s?
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Jeremy Morris