Raising Up Leaders

March 25, 2024

  “Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.” – Exodus 18:21

The selection of team captains will have a major impact on the success of your sports season. It is my experience that allowing team members to select captains often turns into a popularity contest and is seldom the best choice. Poor character and selfishness can quickly cripple team cohesion. Seasoned coaches usually look for someone who already possesses the qualities they want to see in their players. They want captains to be hardworking, disciplined and display good sportsmanship. Good captains set the right example for the rest of the team and are respected by their teammates. They should be leaders on and off the field. Team captains should view their position as an honor and be able to handle the responsibility that comes with the title. The best team captains learn how to reproduce their leadership skills in others so the transition is easy when new leadership takes over.

When Jesus began His public ministry, He quickly called other leaders to join Him. These twelve men were called disciples and Jesus immediately began to develop them into future leaders for the church. What can we learn from God’s Word about how Jesus selected and developed these leaders? Matthew 4 provides the answers. First, Jesus found these men as He went about His everyday life. Second, He handpicked them, choosing the ones He knew were right. Third, He called them to not only follow Him, but to influence others. Fourth, He challenged them to catch men instead of fish, an easy illustration for them to understand. Fifth, He took them on a journey and modeled leadership as they traveled. This method of discipleship continues to be effective today. Great leaders learn how to replace themselves. Great disciples learn how to pass it on.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the leaders You have placed in my life. Teach me today to model great leadership for those You have entrusted to my care. Help me to pass it on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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