5 signs God called you to be a leader
Introduction: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven – Ecclesiastes 3:1. There is a time and season for everything, and sometimes, that season may be a call to lead. There may be times when God has placed a purpose on your life that requires you to guide, direct, or oversee others. If you’ve been wondering whether you are called to be a leader, these five signs may give you the answer.
Sign 1: You have a heart to serve others
The first sign that God might have called you to be a leader is your desire and joy in serving others. Jesus Christ, the perfect leader, defined leadership as service. In Mark 10:45, He said, For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many. In my own experience, I’ve found this to be absolutely true. I remember times when I have found myself wanting to help others, whether that be through giving my time, my skills, or my resources. I felt a natural inclination towards putting others’ needs before my own. That was the first indication that God might be preparing me for a leadership role.
Sign 2: You feel an inner urge to step forward in difficult times
One characteristic of a good leader is the ability to step forward when others step back. If you find yourself having a bold spirit, able to take charge during turbulent times, then you may be being called to lead. This sign was evident in the Bible, when Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Even in my own life, I’ve experienced moments where there was chaos or uncertainty, and I felt a strong pull to take responsibility and lead others through those challenging times. This was a clear indication that I was being called to lead.
Sign 3: You have a knack for encouraging and motivating people
Do you have a way with words that can lift people’s spirits and inspire them to be better? Do you find joy in motivating others to pursue their goals? These could be signs that God has called you to be a leader. Proverbs 12:25 says Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. I discovered my knack for encouragement during my teenage years when my words had a significant positive effect on my friends, and I’ve used it many times throughout my life to inspire and motivate people around me.
Sign 4: People naturally gravitate towards you for guidance
Sometimes, the signs are not so much in us, but in those around us. When you notice people naturally seeking your advice, or when people look up to you for guidance and support, these are potential indications that you’re being called to lead. When God was calling Samuel, Eli was able to perceive it before Samuel himself understood (1 Samuel 3:8-10). Similarly, there were instances when people around me came seeking advice or support. Their trust in my judgment was a clear signal of the potential leader in me.
Sign 5: You have a vision
In Habakkuk 2:2, the Bible says Then the LORD replied: Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. A true leader must have a clear vision of where they want to lead people to, and God could be revealing this vision to you. For instance, I recall having a strong vision about starting a community-based project. It was vivid, and I had a profound sense of direction and purpose. This was yet another indication of God’s call to leadership upon my life.
However, it’s important to note that these signs alone do not confirm a calling to leadership. They should prompt you to seek God in prayer and study His word to gain a clear understanding of His will. Being a leader is a big responsibility and should not be taken lightly. So, let’s prayerfully seek God’s will and allow Him to equip us for every task He calls us to undertake.
In summary, if you find yourself possessing a heart for service, stepping up during crises, inspiring those around you, being looked upon for guidance, and having a vision that resonates within and beyond you, then perhaps God is indeed calling you to be a leader. And remember, in His own perfect timing and in the perfect season, He who has begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6). Amen.
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