As I look to examples of leadership within the history books and reflect on who I followed willingly or unknowingly in my 31 years of life within friendships, family, and culture, my lips and spirit quickly declare that Jesus IS and REMAINS the greatest leader. And my deepest yearning is to be like and follow Him. He is the great I AM. I treasure Him as a beautiful servant and humble leader. Jesus invited and commanded his disciples many times throughout the gospel “Follow me” and they carried on the gospel to change world. Jesus speaks in Luke 9:23, “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”
As a follower and a believer, I become Christ’s ambassador to share and carry out the gospel DAILY to the ends of the earth until Christ’s second coming.
In this belief, my purpose shifts into servant leadership. To humility, divine purpose, and being a great light of Christ is this great but dark world and that has absolutely nothing to do with Natalie. “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.’’ (2 Corinthians 4: 5-6)
In hard times of headlines and distractions of those manipulated into following terrorists, tweens persuaded to oogle over superstar athletes conduct and culture singing songs of Hollywood’s American Idols, it is a spiritual battle to even open my bible to read, believe and pray for examples of spiritual leadership. I open and can’t believe my eyes as I read in the New Testament about the horrible ‘leaders’ who did not listen to and respect Jesus and Jewish leaders who wanted to kill Jesus or were intimidated by His authority, or others that were caught up in legalism. It is then that I cling to the truth of Revelations 7:17. “For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, he will lead them to spring off living water and God will wipe away every tear from their eye.” Jesus is the great shepherd and leader and we can drink and delight in His living water. When we understand our separation from God and sinful nature, and repent of our sinful ways and receive His sacrificial love and commit and trust in Him to lead , He has a place of peace for us in His Kingdom where no tears, fear, violence, or manipulation exist.
Chapter 12 of Romans speak of the body of Christ and those within the body given spiritual gifts. We must not take pride in our gifts , but since they are of God, we must remain humble and use them to bring glory to God . We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:7-8)
The spiritual gifts test (Click to take test) revealed I had the gifts of mercy, evangelism, and pastoring. Although I did not get the gift of leadership, I have learned it is closely related to the gift of pastoring and shepherding. According to this test, the Greek word for the spiritual gift of leadership is proistemi. This word means to lead, to assist, to protect and to care for others.
The big difference is leaders deeply care for their people and are about connecting and relationships.
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This leads me to hum Hillsong’s worship song “lead me to the Cross.”
Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross.
I then recall faces in those who diligently led me to the cross and deeper relationship to Jesus Christ. Jesus is truth, the rock, steadfast and unchangeable and so unlike anything worth following in our chaotic world and my sinful heart and flesh. Again, my spirit and lips cry Psalm 61 lead me to the rock that is higher than I. And then I reminded of John’s leadership and humility. He must become greater; I must become less (in John 3:30).
My prayer & praise: Jesus thank you that You lead, I follow. Jesus thank You and help me lift up your great name as you are greater, I am less.
My name is Natalie Parragué ! I’m a Christian writer, storyteller, and philanthropist. I have a B.A. in Journalism & Communication and an M.A. in Philanthropy & Development. I value authenticity in writing and encourage others to tell their story –being raw and real. My calling is to be a voice and speak up for the least of these worldwide. God has called me to do short term missions and international projects in India, Rwanda, and Peru (Aug 2015). God has given me the spiritual gifts of mercy and compassion and the ability to minister to people going through pain and suffering. I have a big heart for working alongside, loving and advocating for dignity and inclusion for those with disabilities in my local and global community. I’m also Auntie Natalie to beautiful Gavin, Luciana, Scarlett and a sponsor Mom to children through World Vision.