Teaching Those Who Are Listening – Part 4!

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“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

~ Karen Clark

When you and I desire to develop Eagle Leaders, we discover that we must separate the sincere from the insincere. That is a challenge on the best of days. We have chosen to go to the Master leader-developer, Jesus, and watch him work through this process.

Listen to Jesus now, as He lays out the trap to catch the sincere

And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29 (NKJV)

We become like Jesus when …

o We watch for the natural process of spiritual growth to occur so we can determine those who are eligible for leadership development.

Before we can develop a leader, we need to weed the field of people before us to determine who is spiritually alive and growing deeply with Christ. Although this is a Spirit-based work, we can see the evidence of God’s hand at work in the life of anyone who claims His name. Our task is to determine who we will invest our time with for the Kingdom of God and His glory. Jesus tells us that he looks for the evidences of spiritual growth first.

Are the men and women you are seeking to develop showing the evidence of spiritual growth in their lives? Is this growth consistent – for one evidence of eternal life is that it grows, corporately and individually (see Ephesians 4.16)!

Looking before we leap is a great way to prevent wasted time and produce Eagle Leaders. Jesus, the Master leader-developer, has modeled for us a way to take the initiative and separate the sincere from the insincere.

© 2009 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith

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