5 Keys to Christ-like Leadership at Home
Being a dad is a massive responsibility. God has given dads a very important role for the proper upbringing, development, and spiritual growth of their children. It can be daunting, but thankfully the Lord Himself has given us His Word and His example to learn from.
1. Prayerful Leadership
Job is introduced as a very wealthy man, but with a family priority connected with godliness. After every family festivity, he would call his seven sons and three daughters to pray for them and offered a burnt sacrifice for each of them. This reveals a godly family leadership. The expectation of godly men, in the words of Paul, is “that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (I Timothy 2:8). The Leader in the home should be predominantly a man of prayer.
2. Leadership By Example.
The leader should set the example to those he leads, whether in the home or in the church. Such was Paul’s instruction to Timothy, “but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (I Timothy 4:12).
“Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern” (Phil. 3:17).
“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility” (Titus 2:7).
3. God’s Word – The Leader’s Source and Authority.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16, 17).
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
The Lord Jesus gave us His example in the use of Scriptures, “it is written”, and “Have you not read …” (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10; 19:4).
4. The Leader’s Love Should Be Transparent.
“I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love” (Hosea 11:4).
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her” (Hosea 2:14).
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).
5. The Leader Ensures that Every Member of His Household Is Saved and Grows in Grace.
“unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
“…. by Him to reconcile all things to Himself” (Col. 1:20).
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).