If Leading then Lead Diligently

If Leading then Lead Diligently;

Romans 12:8 (NIV)

Leadership is not just a role. It’s a divine calling that carries immense responsibility and the potential for profound impact. It’s a journey of personal growth and spiritual development that beckons us to lead with unwavering commitment and excellence. When Paul writes in Romans 12:8, “If it is to lead, do it diligently,” he not only underscores the importance of leading with commitment and excellence but also empowers us, reminding us of our inherent capacity to lead with such qualities.

The Greek word for “lead” here is proistemi, which means to stand before, to preside over, or to manage. However, the true essence of diligent leadership is not about seeking personal glory; it’s about selflessly serving others and fulfilling God’s purposes. This is the kind of leadership that can truly make a difference.

The Bible provides numerous examples of diligent leaders who guided God’s people with wisdom and faithfulness. One such leader is Nehemiah, who led rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls despite significant opposition. Nehemiah’s dedication, prayerful dependence on God, and strategic planning demonstrate what it means to lead diligently (Nehemiah 4:6, 9, 21).

Diligent leadership has a profound effect on the church community. It fosters trust, unity, and growth. Leaders who lead diligently create an environment where others feel supported, valued, and motivated to contribute their gifts and talents. Diligent leaders model integrity, inspire confidence, and set a positive example for others.

Moreover, diligent leadership helps the church navigate challenges and seize opportunities. Attentive and proactive leaders can address issues before they escalate and recognize and cultivate the potential within their congregation. Leading diligently, they help the church stay focused on its mission and vision, effectively advancing God’s kingdom.

To lead diligently, we must be intentional about our growth and development as leaders. Seeking God’s guidance, being proactive, fostering a servant’s heart, committing to continuous improvement, and building strong relationships are crucial steps in embracing this call. Investing in personal and spiritual development and cultivating trust and respect within the community can enhance our leadership skills and effectiveness.

As John Maxwell said, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This quote emphasizes the importance of leading by example. Our actions as leaders speak volumes and can inspire others to follow Christ more closely.

Godseekers, as we embrace the call to lead diligently, remember that our leadership is a testament to our faith and a reflection of God’s love. Our diligent efforts can significantly impact our church community and beyond. Let us lead with integrity, commitment, and a heart for serving others, always seeking to glorify God in all we do.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the call to lead and the opportunity to serve Your people. Help us to lead diligently, with wisdom, integrity, and a servant’s heart. Guide us in our decisions and actions, and may our leadership bring glory to Your name and strengthen our church community. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. How has diligent leadership impacted your personal faith journey?
  2. What steps can you take to practice diligent leadership in your daily life?

Step of Faith

This week, identify an area in your church or community where you can step up and lead diligently. Reflect on how this act of leadership affects your faith and relationship with God. Please share your experience with a friend or mentor and seek their encouragement and guidance.

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