Jesus gave us some incredible advice in Luke 14:28-30.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
Essentially what Jesus is saying in this passage is that before we do something, we need to take the time to understand everything that will be involved in doing something and make sure that we are willing to do those things. If we are not willing to do those things, then there is really no reason to start doing that thing in the first place.
One of the topics we cover a lot in these blogs is the topic of leadership. This is because leaders are what make a difference in this world and learning good leadership characteristics should be near the top of the list of priorities for anyone.
In today’s blog, I would like to share with you what I feel are the 5 crucial areas that you must be willing to pay the price to be a good leader.
There is a Financial Cost
Books cost money. Audio cds cost money. Conferences cost money. Putting yourself in a position to be stretched and grown costs money. Money spent on developing yourself as a person is never wasted money. The return on investment can be 100 fold, but there is an investment and you have to be willing to pay it. One of the qualities that I’ve always noticed in leaders who are “getting it done” is that they were personally willing to pay a financial price. Are you willing to pay the financial cost to be a leader?
There is an Emotional Cost
Leading people can be one of the most emotionally draining things you could ever do. You will discover that you can go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows with one e-mail or phone call. Your heart and motives can come into constant question. Critics who don’t know you (nor do they want to know you) will malign, misrepresent, and attack you. On most days, you will feel overwhelmed and unworthy of your calling. Are you willing to pay this emotional cost to be a leader?
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. That means, simply put, that you need to get your butt out of bed and get to work! I agree that rest is essential, but it isn’t possible to burn out if you’ve never actually been on fire. There will be seasons where lots of time, energy, and focus will be demanded on your part. Are you willing to pay this physical cost to be a leader?
There is a Spiritual Cost
The more influential you become as a leader, the greater the intensity of the spiritual attack will be on your life. You will experience spiritual warfare. The devil does not like people who try to do good things in this world and he will fight you with everything he has at his disposal. You will encounter temptation on a level that is greater than anything you could possibly imagine. You have to be willing to fight the fight and pay the price if you want to be a godly leader. Are you willing to pay this spiritual cost to be a leader?
There is a Personal Cost
All of the things listed so far come around to this one. There is a personal cost when it comes to leadership. It will NEVER cease to affect you. When Jesus was praying in the garden just prior to being arrested and taken to the cross, He knew what the personal cost would be to Him and yet He still fully surrendered to the Father and went to the cross. While we will never have to face what Jesus did on that day, we will all have personal cost associated with being a leader. Are you willing to pay the personal cost to be a leader?
9 Let us not become weary in doing good,for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
The promise given here in Galatians 6:9 is a promise that we should all take to heart as leaders. Do not give up. Do not throw in the towel. At times, the price is incredibly high, but none of us has been asked to pay the price that Jesus had to pay. His assignment was MUCH tougher than ours is and it brought Him joy to fulfill it.
So let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and keep doing exactly what He called us to do, knowing that He is with us, has equipped us, empowers us, and that 2 Corinthians 4:7 is as true today as it was when Paul wrote it.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
2 Corinthians 4:7
Understand the costs of making a difference in this world and then do it anyway. Make a difference and whatever you do, don’t give up!