Guest Author - Dountonia S. Slack
In leading and motivating people, one must be driven by something or someone that is bigger than him/herself. For the Christian, that Someone is the Christ of the Bible. Missionary C. T. Studd wrote, “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” Hence, a meaningful leader must be a follower of Christ whose values need not be a pharisaic display of Bible-bashing or a well-dressed double lifestyle. Rather he/she is a humble servant whose allegiance is undeniable and whose public and private life is a testimony of the God he/she serves.
Phototaxis is the scientific word for attraction to light. A leader that follows the Light of Jesus Christ will motivate others to come-and-see the results of living a life guided by integrity, good character, truthfulness, kindness, and compassion. Thus, standing firm on the core values of Christianity, whose main goal in life is to glorify God in good times and bad, leads to greater rewards than monetary success or fame could ever bring.
Far too often, leaders are confused and discouraged by unmotivated followers. As a result, they try to find techniques, programs, and/or methodologies used by other successful leaders praying that he/she will have the same successful outcomes without knowing the supernatural strength or struggle the mimicked leader and his/her followers went through to attain the level of success that is admired. There is usually a period of self-examination, confession of sins, repentance, and forgiveness before a leader is in a position to motivate and lead properly (Psalm 32). However, many prefer to lead out of his/her own strength and wisdom hoping for immediate results instead seeking the Lord in prayer and allowing His strength to be sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Christ plus nothing equals everything! No other formula will work for the Christian leader. Nor will any other formula motivate and change the lives of his/her followers. The key is for the leader to ensure that he/she is not wasting his/her call on frivolity and folly like Sampson. Or, to become self-absorbed in lust and forced into the shadows, because of his sins, like David. The Christian leader’s best weapon in his/her arsenal is the honesty, transparency, and integrity the “light saber” of Christ brings which is the motivation people are waiting for – leaders who understand that they, too, are weak and His Light exposes everyone's weaknesses which is why every person needs His strength to build the things that last for His glory.