Does Your Leadership Have Intention?


Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them: "You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews — Acts 20:17-19

Paul is traveling with seven men from a variety of churches. In the video today, you will see a map where these men have traveled. Currently, they have traveled from Troas to Miletus. And then will board a ship from Miletus traveling to Tyre. And then travel from Tyre to Jerusalem. Paul's mission is to bring a significant financial gift to the church in Jerusalem. But Paul has a strong sense that this will be his last trip, and he's right. But a short distance away from Miletus is the city of Ephesus. This is a city where Paul lived and worked for about two and a half years. And so he will call the leaders of the church at Ephesus to come and join him because he has a special message for them. And I want to spend the next few devotionals unpacking this speech because it's very emotional.

This text immediately references three distinctives about his leadership during his time with the church in Ephesus. First, the character by which he led — he uses the word "humble" in this text. Second, the passion with which he led — he uses the word "tears" to describe his anguish and passion. Third, the integrity with which he led — he uses the word "trials" to describe the opposition and testing of his leadership.

I love this transparent look into Paul's leadership because it demonstrates the intention of his leadership. You see, his leadership was never an afterthought. It was aforethought. His leadership was intentional. He knew that when he walked into a town as a spokesperson for Jesus that his character, passion, and integrity would be put to the test. And although preaching the gospel was his mission, he knew that how he lived and led was also of great consequence. Therefore he lived life with them with humility, in tears, and through trials. And how he handled the leadership obstacles along the way would either add credence to the gospel he preached or diminish it.

As followers, we are put to the same test. Yes, we can believe the gospel and even communicate it clearly.  But we must also live it. You and I have to live it with character, passion, and integrity because this adds credence to what we believe and the good news we teach to the people around us. This includes our wife, kids, family, coworkers, and friends

So today, reflect on these two questions:

  • Who will you teach truth to today?
  • How will your actions teach it?

ASK THIS: The two questions above.

DO THIS: Then do it.

PRAY THIS: God, as you put a person's name on my mind today, may my actions represent you and the truth I will teach.

PLAY THIS: Teach Me.


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Does Your Leadership Have Intention?

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6 thoughts on “Does Your Leadership Have Intention?

  1. Trent says:

    I want to be like this one great man I knew. For him it was almost as easy as “hello my name is Jack. Can I ask if you know Jesus?” And he was so nice and approachable that most seemed to talk with him. My actions , I pray, will be a physical expression of the tattoo on my chest with “Gal 2:20” under it. I got it to mark my sober date and to remind me…I was crucified with Christ never the less I live. Yet not I but Christ liveth in me. May everyone see that there is no way that this man that walks now is “Trent”. May they see His light from my life.

    • Cory B says:

      That’s awesome! I have a new Josh 1:9 tattoo on my bicep. Getting another on my back and looking for scripture ideas. 2 Corinthians 5:17. Maybe a Colossians 3:17.

      • Trent says:

        My gal 2:20 is a lion head with crown of thorns covering my peck. I have a sword on my shoulder with heb 4:12. I have Christ on the cross next to it with gal 6:17. I have an over flowing chalice on my inner bicep to represent how He has blessed me. I have an eagle across the back of my neck and shoulders with isaiah 40:31. I have an empty tomb with 3 crosses on a “skull” shaped hill covering the shoulder blade on my back. They are a great ice breaker for witnessing. Lots of time to discuss Jesus while you are getting inked lol. Good luck and may your tats be purposeful and beautiful.

  2. Tom Fredericks says:

    POWERFUL TRUTH. How we LIVE OUT what Christ has taught us, NOT what we take in IS the key to gaining momentum and relevance in ministry.
    Jesus said to Love! By THIS all men WILL know! Great word Pastor Vince.

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