Our Identity as Leaders

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As leaders, where do we get our identity?  Is it in what we do, our role, our business?  Our goal, desire, and calling is to bring glory to our Father in Heaven.  With this in mind, Christ is our ultimate example (John 17:4).  To be effective in our work for the Lord, consider the need to see and get our identity from Christ.   

In Turbulent Times

What happens when we go through turbulent times?  If we get our identity from being a business owner, CEO or leader, we could be in for a downward spiral.  In the opposite way, let us get our identity as a leader from Christ.  Through Christ, we are saints , forgiven (Ephesians 2:9) , blessed (Psalm 1:1-3), reconciled, adopted, and victorious.  As leaders, we are set apart for God’s work. We are His chosen ones.  We are called to be His witnesses, His voice in our spheres of influence. We are a light in this dark world.  This light is Christ, and through us, He can impact those around us for eternity. 

Absence Of Light

I heard it recently said that the problem with our culture today is not the presence of darkness, but the absence of light.  God has called us to be the salt and light of the world.  In our roles as leaders in the marketplace, we have daily opportunities to fulfill this role.  As outlined in Matthew 5: 13-16, we become useless when we cease to be salt and light.  Getting our identity in anything other than Christ, can render us ineffective in our ability to be light the world we are called to influence. 

Monday Morning:

As a leader assessment, reflect on where you get your identity. Where do you get your self-worth?  How do you imagine others see you?  On a spectrum, does it lean more toward the business owner and CEO, or more towards a servant of God?  You have been given this amazing opportunity to lead in a business for Christ. In this leadership role, you can have an eternal impact on the marketplace.   

I encourage you to clearly see your identity in Christ, as His Stewards in the Marketplace.  He has called you and I to be His eyes, ears, hands, and feet.  When we take time to reflect on and take action in this steward role, we can impact the marketplace and those within it for eternity! If you would like to go deeper on these subjects and ways to bring Glory to the Father, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at randy.earnst@we-r-stewards.com, or visit our website at www.we-r-stewards.com

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RANDY EARNST, Founder of We R Stewards, has an Eternity-biased passion to fan the flames of positive leadership in business owners and CEO’s. Read more about We R Stewards and Randy, or connect with him via email, phone or online

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