I’ve been reading Be a People Person by John Maxwell. Chapter 6 is titled, “How to be a person people respect.” In this chapter, he asks 10 questions a leader need to ask himself/herself. I think that the questions are important for all of us to ask, so I share these with you here.
- Is my personal walk with God up to date?
“What have you been learning recently from the Lord?” What is God teaching you today?
“Sin will keep us from the Word or the Word will keep us from sin.”
- Am I keeping my priorities straight?
Priorities have a tendency to sneak out of position when we’re not paying attention.
- Am I asking myself the difficult questions?
– Why am I doing this?
– How should it be done?
– When should I do it?
- Am I accountable to someone in authority over my life?
Write out “5 Questions I hope no one ever asks me.” List four questions that address your weaknesses, and then enlist someone to help keep you accountable in these areas. The 5th question is, “Have I lied about any of the previous 4 questions, or left anything out?”
Authority minus accountability equals a very dangerous situation.
- Am I sensitive to what God is saying to the Body of Christ?
Are you sensitive to the fact that God speaks to others, too?
Am I a listening leader or a lording leader?
- Am I overly concerned with image building?
Is it about me or God?
- Am I overly impressed by signs and wonders?
More than seeking revival, we need to seek God. If we pursue revival for revival’s sake, we’re seeking after secondary results. Luke 10:17-20: “do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”
- Am I a loner in my service to the Lord?
It’s never healthy to be a lone ranger.
- Am I aware of my weaknesses?
To be forewarned is to be forearmed! Am I honest about my weaknesses? Most of us know our deficiencies, but we have a tendency to try to cover them.
- Is my commitment constantly before me?
The world continually thrusts opportunities at us that would distract us from God’s call.
These 10 questions are very convicting for me; some more than others. What question hits closest to home for you?