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Just about anyone would agree that growing is a good thing, but relatively few people actually dedicate themselves to the process. Why? Because growth requires change, and change is hard for most people. But the truth is that without change, growth is impossible.

Most people fight against change, especially when it affects them personally. As novelist Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” The ironic thing is that change is inevitable. Everybody has to deal with it in their lives. On the other hand, growth is optional. You can choose to grow or fight it. But know this: people unwilling to grow will never reach their potential. (Your Road Map for Success by John Maxwell)

The role of a leader is to inspire and challenge those he or she is leading to grow. In order to first inspire those we are leading, we must first grow. In Matthew 4:19, we see three areas in which we must grow before we can Promote Growth in the lives of those we are leading.

And he [Jesus] said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 (ESV)

Three Areas Leaders Must Grow:

1) Relationship with Christ

“Follow me…” — Before we can lead others we must first be willing to follow Jesus.

2) Passion for people

“I will make you fishers of men” – As leaders, our number one desire must be for the good and growth of others (Matthew 22:36-39).

3) Influence

A passion for people without the ability to lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus leaves you short of Jesus’ purpose of “making disciples.”

Think about it…

  • How are you Promoting Growth in your own life?
  • Who do you need in your life to help Promote Growth for you? What are you doing to pursue that relationship?
  • How will your growth translate into growth for those you are leading?

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