When we admit our flaws quickly, that is being a positive influence.

Authentic Leaders Are Flawed
Admit Flaws – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  Romans 7:19-24

Key Verse: Philippians 3:12

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

In my opinion, everyone is a leader in the sense that everyone has influence even if it is negative influence.  Being a witness for Christ is simply being a positive influence for Christ; a Christ like leader!  But being a positive influence can sound like we must walk around trying to prevent others from seeing our flaws.  Too much of that will turn us into hypocrites.

            The Apostle Paul is our model for this week’s theme: Authentic Leaders Are Flawed.  We see in our printed key verse for today that the apostle was quick to admit his flaws; he had not “obtained,” nor was he “made perfect.”  Here is the essential key to remaining an authentic leader: always be the first to admit your own flaws.  Being a good witness for Christ does not mean acting like we are perfect.  The gospel’s power is not found in our being perfect, as far as performance, but rather on Christ’s perfection working in our inner being!

            Never forget that those around you are very aware of your flaws.  Don’t try to hide that fact.  Be quick to admit your flaws and show those around you how Christ forgives and is “made perfect” in our weaknesses.  When we admit our flaws quickly and make appropriate apologies; that is being a positive influence.  That humility is an icon of Christ Himself that our world needs to see in us.

Father, thank you that you are continually working on me, growing me daily into your own image.  I will follow you today!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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