Leaders of Tomorrow

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Leaders of tomorrow.

“195:9.4 Religion does need new leaders, spiritual men and women who will dare to depend solely on Jesus and his incomparable teachings. If Christianity persists in neglecting its spiritual mission while it continues to busy itself with social and material problems, the spiritual renaissance must await the coming of these new teachers of Jesus' religion who will be exclusively devoted to the spiritual regeneration of men. And then will these spirit-born souls quickly supply the leadership and inspiration requisite for the social, moral, economic, and political reorganization of the world.”

Did you catch that? “New teachers of Jesus’ religion”!
Who are they?
Where are they?
Well if your reading this, I think you know who, and where they are!

    True leadership is not about superiority, position, or prestige. It's about revealing and releasing the potential of those around you. In our secular society, we tend to think of a leader as a person who is well-connected, who is powerful or charismatic or wealthy. We judge our leaders by what they have. But a true leader should be judged by what he has not — ego, arrogance, and self-interest. A true leader sees his work as selfless service toward a higher purpose. As the sages say, “Leadership is not power and dominance; it is servitude”. We see this every time we read the “The Life a Teaching of Jesus”. Jesus was very charismatic, but it was his attitude and teaching that made it so! This does not mean that a leader is weak; he derives great strength from his dedication to a purpose that is greater than himself.

   Moses was the quintessential leader. We read in the UB, 96:3.1 ...The beginning of the evolution of the Hebraic concepts and ideals of a Supreme Creator dates from the departure of the Semites from Egypt under that great leader, teacher, and organizer, Moses.
   96:5.1 Moses was an extraordinary combination of military leader, social organizer, and religious teacher. He was the most important individual world teacher and leader between the times of Machiventa and Jesus.

   A true leader must be a living example of his teachings. When we see that a leader’s personal life embodies his philosophy, we too are inspired to learn that philosophy.

   So a leader must be many things – selfless, devoted, visionary, courageous, and above all, humble. We read in Exodus, 3:12, When God chose Moses to lead His people out of bondage in Egypt, Moses replied, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh?”

   There is something else that is sorely missing from our so called leaders of today, Vision! We read in Proverbs 29:18;
   “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

   What these leaders don’t provide is simple – and essential: a vision of life itself.

   Genuine leadership must give people a long-term vision that imbues their lives with meaning; it must point them in a new direction and show how their every action is an indispensable part of a purposeful whole. The sense of urgency is just as important in a leader as a sense of vision. Leadership today is sorely lacking the quality of urgency. Many of our leaders are effective managers, and some are even inspirational; there are CEO’s who can direct thousands of employees toward a single objective, and politicians whose rhetoric inspires millions of citizens to support them.

   It is not enough for our leaders to teach us to be productive or efficient; they need to inspire us to change or improve the world in a productive, meaningful way. And this creates a compelling sense of urgency: to fulfill this vision of life that God so intended for us to enjoy. 

 

      Rickey H. Crosby  (Petitor Veritatis)