It's Not A Leadership Tactic, It's Grace


And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" — Acts 20:32-35

This text is remarkable because it reflects profound leadership and spiritual maturity all at the same time. Paul is communicating in this text is a lesson only learned when we have successfully transferred what God has taught us to others. It is a lesson beyond classroom learning and textbook education because it requires us to live out what we have proclaimed to others. And yet, in this statement, we find these microlessons about leadership like leading with integrity, working hard, taking responsibility, and contributing to the lives of others.

But all this is fueled by one thing. Just one thing. And this one thing is not another leadership principle, tactic, or strategy. It's not something out of reach for young leaders or young believers. And get this, it is not something you can do but something that was done for you. And it is something that sustains our leadership and spiritual life at the same time. It is this one thing — grace.

The grace that Paul talks about here restores, sustains, directs, and defines all men. It is something extended to us by God when we did not deserve it. It is something that guides the character of a man day by day. It is the plumb line for our identity when we are shaken to the core. It is the power by which we take another step when we fall into sin again. It is the power that leads us when we are uncertain of the future. And when a man knows God's grace, he knows the richest inheritance in this life.

A man who knows God's grace is the most capable leader. And the reason this is is that a man who knows God's grace knows this — he knows he is not The Leader. He is the follower. God is The Leader. And godly leaders learn this and point others to the same grace that they have received. Godly leaders understand that leadership principles, strategies, and tactics only puff a man up. They elevate the self and therefore have limited effectiveness with very short-term gains that will not last. But the man who knows God's grace and models it leads others to an inheritance that will empower them for a lifetime. It's an inheritance that will last far beyond them. And that's great leadership.

Consider this question today: How can you extend God's grace to every person you encounter? I would challenge you to consider this question in every encounter you have today? And I bet you if you started extending a little grace to people around you, you might discover what Paul was experiencing in this text here. That is wasn't about him. It was about something done for him that others needed to know — grace.

ASK THIS: To whom do you need to extend some grace today? (Share their name or initials below)

DO THIS: Extend grace to others in the same way you received it from God.

PRAY THIS: God, I need your grace so that I might extend it to others.

PLAY THIS: Unspoken - Call It Grace.


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It's Not A Leadership Tactic, It's Grace

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14 thoughts on “It’s Not A Leadership Tactic, It’s Grace

  1. Cory B says:

    Everyone around me. No one is exempt. No matter my own mental state or whatever this other person may have going on in their own life. I am not worthy to judge, only show grace.

  2. Sam says:

    There is not enough space here for all the initials of those I should show grace too. So I will just try to do it for each and every one.

  3. labellepaulm says:

    Being still new to accepting the grace of God I have found that extending it to others has been just as powerful as receiving it myself. Today is one of my volunteer days at a non-profit that provides emergency services to the homeless and needy. I love extending compassion and grace towards those in need, however, I receive boatloads in return. Have a blessed day, men.

  4. Chad says:

    At this time I would have to say that I need to extend Grace to me. It is easy to be too hard on yourself, and I am glad God sees me differently than I do.

  5. Ed says:

    My sister and my boss

    Gods grace …. truly amazing to the point where we must not try to comprehend it, but rather pray in thankfulness and ask that we may be filled enough with his spirit to extend that same grace to others we encounter…. whether they deserve it or not…. so that way we can point them to Christ so that they too may receive the greatest gift in all of eternity

  6. Trent says:

    SR, TL, CL My wife and 2 youngest kids. I am tuff to be around. I grew up in a different time and wish it was still that time. (More of a wrinkle in time as I am not THAT old but was raised in such a way) I have a hard time showing acceptance and compassion of those who live in a different “time” where tech is the all in all and men hug and say I love you lol. You get the jist. I love these people as they are and as who God wants them to be. I need to stop trying to force them to be who I want them to be or think they should be. I need to speak and express my love in a language they understand. I need to teach and lead and direct and not hammer a square peg into a round hole so to speak. Lord help me to extend your grace to others that they may see you in me and wish to know you more deeply.

    • Ed says:

      Praying for you brother!
      I have much of the same struggle with those closest to me and I too wish at times I had grown up in the days if the Walton’s or Andy Griffith when things were simpler …. And yet in many ways the sane struggles and the same enemy was there then too
      Praise God HE IS THE SAME! Yesterday today and forever

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