We live in a culture that loves the new and quickly grows tired of the old. Those in business and marketing are well aware of this, always introducing us to the newest thing and creating that dissatisfaction over the old. The truth is often the new thing is just a slightly improved old thing sold to us with new bells and whistles. We just love the new.
In the area where I live, spring is bursting forth with trees budding and flowers blooming. After the cold of winter, and shorter days of daylight, we are energized by the new life of spring. Runners are back out again, neighbors are working on their lawns, and shops are full of people buying new things for spring. We love new.
New is important for our leadership and life. Sometimes we need a new start, a new reminder. The people in our lives need us to lead with a new and fresh energy.New is important for our leadership and life. Sometimes we need a new start, a new reminder. Click To Tweet
As a leader and influencer of people, it is important to lead with the new: a fresh word, a new initiative, a new project, new customers, or new team members. Even taking something old and making it new.
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Here are three reasons new matters to your leadership:
- New Life.
You are more than the position your hold or the role you are in. Your life is more than the things you own or the awards you receive. As leaders of faith, we lead and live as people with new life lived daily in the truth of our relationship with God through Christ. Whatever the failures or successes of our work, nothing changes the new life we have in Christ. Nothing. Ever. New life eternally.
“Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4
- New Rule.
Every home, church, and business has rules, policies, and guidelines to protect and guard unity. We need rules. But when the rules become our values then no one has to police the rules. We live out of them because they are a part of who we are. Our behavior is in line with our values. When the people you lead embrace the values of your organization as their own, you need fewer rules. You will have a healthy culture.
Jesus gave us a new rule to live by. He modeled it for us in His last Passover meal with the disciples before the cross. It is a profound way to live and lead. Bended knee, washing feet, loving the people you lead. I pray for myself and for all leaders of faith, that this rule would become a deeply held value for us and that we would love and serve deeply. Not because we have to but because we have been transformed by Christ and we value loving others so much we just bend our knee and serve.
“When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe. . . ‘I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.'” John 13:12-34
- New Mercies.
Because of you position, you have the power to punish or harm others through your words and your actions. It is simply true. Leadership is stewardship and you steward the lives of people. It is a serious responsibility of any leader, any person of influence.
That’s why new mercies are so very important for your leadership. First, you need to understand this for yourself. Mercy is about giving compassion, grace, and forgiveness not because it is deserved or merited. We must receive mercy for ourselves to give it freely to those we lead. Leadership is about so much more than the win, the quarterly profit, the market recognition or award, or being the biggest in your space. New mercies have an eternal impact that will outlive all of these temporary gains. Give those you lead compassion and forgiveness. New mercies.
“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say: The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24.
I pray new for your leadership this week as we look to Sunday when believers around the world come together to worship a risen Savior! I pray we will understand more fully the new life we have in Christ, we would have a new love for each other, and we would know the power of new mercies given to us each morning.
What do you need new in your life? What do the people you lead need from you?