The more influential you become as a leader, the greater the spiritual attack.
Jesus gave some INCREDIBLE advice in Luke 14:28-30!
Today, we will dive into five areas where we need to be willing to pay the price as a leader.
1. There Is a Financial Cost.
Books cost money. Conferences cost money. Putting yourself in a position to be stretched and grown cost money.
AND one of the qualities that I’ve always noticed in leaders who were “getting it done” is that they were personally willing to pay a financial price. (I actually wrote two posts on this last week—here is part one and here is part two in case you missed them.)
2. There Is an Emotional Cost.
Leading in the church is one of the most emotionally draining things you will EVER do.
You will discover that you can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows with one email or phone call. Your heart and motives will be called into question. Critics who don’t know you (and don’t want to know you) will malign, misrepresent and attack you.
On most days, you will feel overwhelmed and unworthy of your calling … and all of this requires that we be willing to pay the price emotionally.
3. There Is a Physical Cost.
Laziness and leadership do NOT go hand in hand. It takes blood, sweat and tears in order to be developed to your fullest leadership potential … which means you get your butt out of bed and go to work!
And yes, REST is essential … but it isn’t possible to burn out if you’ve never actually been on fire. There are seasons where lots of time, energy and focus are demanded—period.