There are several marks of a Christ follower that unveil what it means to be a Christian. One of these marks is being a leader. As a children of God, we are to be imitators of God. Ephesians 5:1 says it plainly, “Be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Getting this is essential to getting the gospel. We aren’t obedient to God for his approval, we are obedient because he has approved us in Christ. Joyful obedience is a natural result of having a new heart (regeneration) and a new identity (sons and daughters). It doesn’t matter if you are 15 or 50, if you identify yourself with Christ, you are called to imitate your Father. Imitating our Father will inevitably make us leaders. Just as God gave us his Son (Jesus, the Message of Christianity), we must imitate our Father by giving His message to those around us. The gospel must be told to those God has strategically and sovereignly placed us around -friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
One of the most common excuses I hear from others along with my own heart is, “I am not ready to lead -I don’t have much to offer.” It’s as if we have forgotten all together the fundamentals of our faith which basically tells us, our nothing to offer is what qualifies us to be Chrstians. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Luke 5:31). We need to quit looking inward for strength and start looking upward.
“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).
If we have Jesus, we have all we need to tell others about Him. What excuses are you making in sharing and showing others your faith?