The American poet Emily Dickinson said the following, “Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.” Your behavior as a leader is not what you think, feel or believe; it is what you do. Pastors and leaders, we need to guard our behavior. To guard something is to protect that thing from harm or danger.
As leaders, we are responsible for our feelings, beliefs, and actions. We teach others how to behave towards us. While we cannot change others, we can influence them through our behaviors and actions. We do this by becoming living examples of the Word of God, and what you want to receive from others.
God gave David a promise that his descendants would rule the kingdom of Israel; this promise was contingent on the behavior of his descendants. After the completion of the temple, Solomon prayed and reminded God of the promise made to his father, David.
“And now, O LORD, God of Israel, carry out the additional promise you made to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, ‘If your descendants guard their behavior and faithfully follow me as you have done, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.” 1 Kings 8:25 (NLT)
Leaders, we influence people by what we say, but what we say is enforced by our behavior. Like David, your behavior will affect generations. Listen to Paul’s admonition to his young preacher son. “Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.” 1 Timothy 4:16 (NLT)
Yes, pay attention to your behavior because it reflects your lifestyle. What message is the church and the world receiving from your behavior? Is it a message that leads them to Christ or away from Christ? Remember you, and only you have control over your behavior. The Jedi Master Yoda says, “Do or do not. There is no try.” When it comes to excellent behavior, there is no trying only doing!
How is your behavior?
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