Empowering others means, learning to release and trust those you have developed to do the ministry that God has called them to do.
Proverbs 1:5 reads, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance”. This is our prayer for each and every one of you that the Holy Spirit will speak to you, increase your learning and at the same time receive guidance. This is our third and final installment of our three-part series on identifying, developing, and empowering those around you. If you have not had a chance to read the first and second installment of this series, I highly encourage you to take a few moments to do so.
In the first installment, Identifying Those Around You, click here to read, the faithful, accessible, and teachable guideline was provided to help you identify those who seem receptive to leadership development, as well as one on one discipleship.
In the second installment, Developing Those Around You, click here to read, we looked at Jesus’ model in how he developed his disciples. We can all follow Jesus’ example by seeing and developing the potential in those around us by doing four simple things.
- Believing in them
- Encouraging them
- Sharing with them
- Trusting in them
Now that you understand identifying and developing those around you, let us explore empowering. While the Holy Spirit is the one who really empowers, you need to release and trust those you have developed to do the ministry God has called them to do. The term filled with the Holy Spirit is used five times in the book of Acts. Whenever someone is filled with the Holy Spirit something happens. Empowered leaders express Gods power and then empower others.
Empowering like Jesus
Since Jesus is our ultimate model let us explore how he empowered those around him. We see in the Bible that Jesus wept over people, prayed over people and eventually died for people. He gave up his time and his comfort to serve people knowing full what was coming he accepted the rejection, criticism, and abandonment that he would receive from his people. Then at the end of his earthly mission he released his people to go and change everything with the gospel. Jesus is the ultimate leader, his only purpose, like ours, is to obey Gods will and glorify our heavenly father. The Bible shows that continual time spent with the father enabled Jesus to maintain his focus, his purpose and prevented him from being distracted.
Jesus led with authority, in that he believed not so much in himself, but in Gods power to work through him. Jesus also taught his disciples to have faith and confidence in Gods power to work through them. Only through faith and prayer could they receive the power to heal and receive healing. Matthew 9:35-10:1 is a story about Jesus sending out his disciples to evangelize the world. It begins with Jesus acting alone and ministering to the crowds and ends up with him empowering his disciples to do the very same thing. What Jesus does in the middle of these passages serves as a model for empowering others to step out. As we pick up the story in Matthew 9:35, Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He then said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” Matthew 9:37. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field. He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to heal. After going to his people and being moved to take action Jesus turned to his disciples, even though he could had solved this problem himself, he chose to empower his disciples to help.
Jesus was a leader who raised other leaders and this is the key to that passage, Jesus called his disciples to him, he would be their equipper, not someone else. Ultimately Jesus gave his disciples authority to act on his behalf. Jesus did not equip everyone, he only developed the few who were ready, then empowered them to follow his example. The best leaders identify and develop others by teaching the teachable, then empowering them to be in a position to allow Gods power to work through them.
God has blessed you with the ability to lead. Use your gift to empower others. Remember Ephesians 4:12 “God gives you His gift, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”. So as we close this series here is a brief recap. Identify the faithful, accessible, and teachable. Then develop the best in them, believe in them, encourage them, share your platform with them and trust them. Finally, be the leader who empowers other leaders. Thank you for taking the time to read this leadership resource today. We are better together