There are plenty of life leadership principles to learn from out there. This is not an effort to prove somebody else wrong, or correct anyone.
These ancient biblical principles are here for you to consider, as you see fit.
What are we talking about….Life Leadership?
In this article, Life Leadership is referring to how you lead YOUR life. Life is meant to be lived. We are not here just to survive, or live each day by default. We are here to explore, adventure, and discover all we can about God, and why we are here.
That has been the greatest question of all time, “why are we here?”. Philosophers, religious leaders, and prognosticators, have waxed eloquently and prolifically on the subject for ages. No doubt you have heard a variety of philosophies and ideas on this matter yourself. Well here are:
15 BIBLICAL Life Leadership Principles
Life Leadership Principle #1: God Created You in His image.
Genesis 1:26–27 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a masterpiece?
It’s true, the creation of mankind was the crowning point of the creation, as we were created in the image of God. Because of that, you are incredibly valuable. This is why as Christians that we believe in the sanctity of human life.
The Bible tells us that God breathed the breath of life into mankind, and man became a living soul. So this first principle is paramount to Life Leadership, since the very air you breathe, and breath you take, is given to you by God.
Life Leadership Principle #2: You Have Purpose!
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
This has been the age old question, why am I here?
YOU HAVE PURPOSE! Ultimately your purpose is to give God pleasure! But that leads to a bunch of other questions too.
Questions to help clarify your God-given purpose:
- What gives God pleasure, according to the Bible?
- Since you are a unique individual, how can you please God?
- Do you know God, according to the Gospel plan of Salvation?
- What talents, skills, or abilities can you use to please God?
These things are not the way to Heaven, but are thoughts for you to consider regarding your purpose.
Life Leadership Principle #3: You are Responsible for Yourself.
Romans 14:11–12 “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
Maybe you have never thought about it, but more and more these days, people are making a lot of excuses about their bad behavior. They want to blame everyone but themselves for their sin. However, the Bible tells us that God won’t accept that.
The truth is, YOU are entirely responsible for YOURSELF. It’s true. As a man, you cannot blame the environment you were raised in, because there have been many men raised in worse, that overcame it through Christ. You cannot blame a lack of opportunity, or physical disability, or poor education. All of those things can be overcome.
Here’s an amazing story – I saw a man with no arms playing the guitar with his feet!
This is not my video, but it’s the same guy we saw, at the same spot. My wife and I were getting some time together at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. It was there that we came across Mark Goffeney, the man in this video. At first I thought maybe he was faking it, but then thought to myself, hold on….he is playing the guitar with his FEET!
Mark overcame incredible obstacles in his life, to develop this amazing talent. What’s your excuse?
Yes, you are responsible for yourself. If you believe in your own excuses, then you will do absolutely nothing to fulfill your purpose in life. What a shame that so many men, are stuck in that drain sucking mentality.
God wants you to give him pleasure. He wants you to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and then to live a life that HE is pleased with. Don’t make excuses, and remember, you are responsible for yourself.
Life Leadership Principle #4: You will Reap What You Sow.
Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
The law of sowing and reaping is a biblical one. There have been many that have reworded it to fit other philosophies, but it is originally biblical. What you sow, is was you’ll reap. This is the Law of the Harvest.
- You will always reap what you sow.
- You will always reap more than you sow.
- You will always reap later than you sow.
These are the general principles that govern the Law of the Harvest. This is a spiritual law regarding your spiritual life. If you sow into your life the things of God, and the truths of the scriptures, then you will reap the eternal rewards of that.
On the other hand, if you are constantly seeking after the rewards of this life, and neglect your spiritual life, then the consequences will be yours as well, eternally.
Life Leadership Principle #5: Life is Not About YOU.
Romans 11:36 “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.”
It is easy for us to get all wrapped up in ourselves. Your problems, your stress, and your needs are effecting you every day. However, if you get self absorbed, you are in real trouble. That is a huge mistake.
The best way to navigate out of discouragement, is to get your eyes and mind off of your problems, and get focused on the Lord, and on helping other people. I have watched this play out in many lives.
When you get involved in being someone else’s solution, it not only has a tremendous positive impact on your own spirit, but it works in conjunction with Life Leadership Principle #4.
Life Leadership Principle #6: You Have What You Need.
2 Peter 1:2–3 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
People will spend an entire lifetime looking for the answers to life, outside of the Bible. There is a variety of reasons for that. Once big reason is because they reject the message of Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven. That’s on them.
For those of you who do have a Bible, in it you will discover, that God truly has already given to you “all things that pertain into life and godliness”. The answers to life’s questions are in the scriptures, its up to you to dig them out.
Every Biblical Man should know their bible! Here is a link to a great post called “3 Serious Reasons Why Knowing Your Bible Matters”.
I highly recommend you read it!
Life Leadership Principle #7: Lower is Higher.
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
It seems that pride and arrogance abounds in the world today. What a shame. However, we should expect nothing less from those who don’t know the Lord.
But, what about those who do? If you are a Christian, then you need to understand this principle. Lower is Higher. God lifts up the humble, and exalts the meek.
Meek doesn’t mean weak, it means power under control. Being humble doesn’t mean groveling, it means not thinking of yourself as better than you really are.
The scriptures tell us in – Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
A great old-timer friend of mine always says, “be humble and don’t stumble”. That’s good advice.
Lower is Higher!
Life Leadership Principle #8: The Golden Rule Still Matters.
Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”
This Life Leadership Principle has been around for thousands of years, just like the rest of these principles. Yet, it is one of the most common, and is called “The Golden Rule”.
Treating others as you would want them to treat you, is the biblical principle that Jesus taught here. It is simple, yet so profound. While it is simple in concept, it can be much harder in practice.
Be careful that you don’t judge people to severely, and treat them differently because of it. Given the same circumstances, you may be in worse condition than them. Count your blessings, and treat everyone with dignity.
Life Leadership Principle #9: The Journey IS the Destination.
James 4:14–15 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
Tomorrow is no guarantee, so live your life everyday as if it could be your last. The journey you are on, may end tomorrow. So make the most of it.
Every relationship you have should be cherished. Each day the Lord gives you, should be lived to the fullest. Make it count.
Finding joy in the daily grind can be difficult, so you have to live life on purpose. Only you can make your journey one worth having.
You may never arrive at where you think you are heading, but you can make today, and every day, count, by living for Christ, and loving people.
Life Leadership Principle #10: Less is More.
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
The world in which we live encourages consumption. Take, take, take! Get all you can, while you can. Which leads to covetousness, greed, and gluttony. More is not better.
The principle of Less is More, goes against this consumption culture. Instead, we ought to give. Generosity is a wonderful virtue that breaks the bonds of greed. Giving to the Lord’s work, generosity to the less fortunate, and benevolence in general, is an expression of Christ-likeness. Jesus gave it all.
This is really a matter faith and trusting God to meet our needs. Therefore, living within our means, on less than we earn, and leaving enough for expressions of kindness, becomes a goal. Is money your servant, or your master?
Life Leadership Principle #11: Positive Beats Negative.
Proverbs 12:25 “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
Proverbs 15:15 “All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.”
Life Leadership Principle #12: Failure is Not Permanent.
Proverbs 24:16 “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
Your past sins, mistakes, and failures, don’t have to define you. In Christ, it’s not about where you’ve been, or even where you are at right now. It’s about where you are going. The abundant grace of God is sufficient for you to overcome those things.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Through Christ, you can be a trophy of His grace. He can restore you, and give you the victory. You can rise above your past, if you will let the Lord lead you into the future.
Life Leadership Principle #13: Tomorrow is No Guarantee.
Luke 12:16–21 “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
This principle ties in with #9, The Journey IS the Destination. Here, we are reminded that every day matters. We cannot count on tomorrow. We have to live in the now. We are given today.
This does not mean that we don’t plan for the future, but that we don’t waste today. The only future that is guaranteed, is eternity. Don’t lose sight of that.
Life Leadership Principle #14: The End is not The End.
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
We shall all stand before Christ. Rich and poor, strong and weak, the famous and the forgotten. The scriptures are clear that there is coming a judgment day.
After that, eternity. So these principles matter. We must confess our sinfulness to God, seek his forgiveness through Christ, and then live for Him each day.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Life Leadership Principle #15: You Can Leave a Legacy.
2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
For over 2000 years now, this biblical principle has been passed down from one generation to the next. Sharing the life altering truths of the Gospel, and the power of Christ to redeem the lost.
You don’t have to be a missionary on a foreign field, or a pastor in a church. Every Christian man can have a dramatic impact, and leave a legacy that will last. You can leave a legacy, in your family, your community, and in eternity.
I don’t know how you want people to remember you, but I want to be remembered for sharing the powerful truth, that Jesus is the answer! Pass that torch to as many people as you can. Then, someday, when you stand before the King of Kings, you will hear those words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.
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