Luke 4: The Leadership Chapter

Do you have influence? Do you know your calling? Do you lead others? Are you interested in strengthening your ministry? (Hint: the answer to the first one is absolutely yes!)

In the fourth chapter of Luke, we find an account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. This particular chapter is packed full of gems such as the temptation of Jesus, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, and the beginning of His public ministry. Take a few minutes and read it through, and then keep your Bible open so you can look and see what we can learn when we look through the lens of leadership:

1) Let the Spirit fill you. (vs. 1, 14) Do you want to work from your own ability or from the indwelling and overflow of the Holy Spirit? (Matthew 3:11,  Romans 15:13, 1 Corinthians 3:16)

2) Let the Spirit lead you. (vs. 1, 14) Jesus was perfect. He could have done a tremendous ministry on His own because of His perfection, but He waited for the filling and leading of the Spirit. We, who are nothing compared to Jesus, should rely on that which is far greater than us! (1 John 4:4, Romans 8:14, John 16:13)

3) Resist the devil. (vs. 1-12) We know that if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. (James 4:7, Matthew 4:11, Matthew 26:41, 1 Corinthians 10:13)

4) The devil will look for opportunities and he WILL return. (vs. 13) Suit up, sisters, because he is coming for you. We know this. He knows what our weaknesses are and he knows right where to attack. If you’re a leader or any person of influence, I’ll bet he is especially mindful of you!  (Ephesians 6:11, 1 peter 5:8, Revelation 2:10)

5) Know the Word. (vs. 4, 8, 12, 17-19) You’ve got to know the Word. Use it to resist the devil, to teach, to learn, to praise, to grow, and to light your way. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:11, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 15:4)

6) Claim and obey your calling. (vs. 20-22, 28-31, 43-44) When you know it, you know it! But, we are so afraid to own it and to live it. If God has put something on your heart, listen to it! If you aren’t sure, ask Him to show you. (Ephesians 4:1-16, 1 Peter 1:3-10, Romans 11:29, John 10:3, Genesis 12:1-5, Exodus 3:1-2, Ruth 1:15-18, 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 1 Samuel 16:6-13, Esther 4:9-17, Jeremiah 1:4-19, 1 Timothy 4:6-16, Acts 16:11-15, Luke 1:26-38)

7) You won’t please everyone. (28, 29) Knowing this doesn’t make the rejection hurt any less. But pleasing God is more important than anything. We know His truth will not be received by all. You will have enemies AND frenemies. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Preach it anyway. (Matthew 10:34-36, Galatians 1:10, Proverbs 29:25)

8) But, some will be receptive. ( vs. 22, 32, 36-37, 42) Hey, you were receptive at some point, right? Don’t let the people who aren’t responding dissuade you from sharing what God has done for you. Don’t disqualify who God puts in your path! (Acts 2:37, Acts 10:44, Hebrews 4:2, 1 Corinthians 15:10-11, Isaiah 55:10-11)

9) Minister especially to your friends. (vs. 38-39) This is the hard part. This is the part where you fear a loss of relationship or accusation of being “holier than thou.” Get over it! Use your gifts also for those you love the most! (Galatians 6:10, 1 Peter 4:10, Proverbs 27:17)

10) Manage expectations. (vs. 23-27, 42, 43) People will take as much from you as you allow. You must have clear boundaries and keep your calling as your focus. Don’t let other “good” things distract you from your main thing. (1 Timothy 4:8, Luke 10:38-42)

11) Work where you have the most impact, but if God moves you, then by all means, relocate. (vs. 23-27, 30-31, 38-40, 43-44) Stay true to your main thing. Keep at it, stay focused, work hard on it. But, if God tells you to go, then you’d better pick up and go. The important point here is to remain open to His direction while you are working on your calling and in your ministry. He could redirect at any time. Be sure you hear that. (Deuteronomy 2:2-3)

12) Find a deserted place. (vs. 42) Rest is vital to leadership. You can’t rest unless you stop all work. Read more about the importance of rest. (Matthew 11:28, Hebrews 4:10, Mark 2:27, Genesis 2:2-3)

But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4

But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4

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