A leader's reward

A Leader’s Reward

Positive reinforcement is a common way of motivating someone to do Positive reinforcement is a common way of motivating someone to do their best; especially when a reward is attached.

Knowing what we can receive from doing something, helps us be focused and rise to the occasion. God does this for us too as we do life through Him.

Notice what Paul shares with us in these verses,

“24. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. 25. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭24‬-‭25‬

God says, run to win and we will have an eternal prize when we get to heaven.

This is positive reinforcement!

Being a leader for God’s work brings rewards with it. These come in a lot of ways, but there is a leader’s reward.

This may surprise you but one of the biggest rewards for the leader, is the personal life change in them. That’s right!

I’ve learned over time that if I let Jesus work in me, I’m changed, healed, enlarged, made better, and made stronger as a person. This impacts every area of my life.

His heart is that as leaders we grow, get better, and become more than we ever dreamed.

This has become the leader’s reward I’ve valued the most because when I get better everything else in my life gets better too.

When we open our hearts and let Jesus move in us, He does things that are beyond what we know or see. He’s working all things for our good and in the process doing great work within us.

But this is not always easy as we’re challenged to confront ourselves and admit, we need more of God in us.

This leader’s reward will dig deep into our emotions, insecurities, deficiencies, areas of hurt, and beyond. This is for our good so that we’re made whole as we’re a leader in God’s work.

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I Thessalonians‬ ‭5‬:‭23‬

I love this verse because it gives hope that we can be whole in spirit, soul, and body. Only Jesus can do this and as a leader, this is a reward for saying yes.

So, here’s how this is our reward.

1st – We’re made bigger.

God’s vision will always be bigger than ours. This requires us to trust Him. The pressure to reach for this causes us to grow and be more. It causes us to be stretched and this is where we become more. This is where God does miracles.

I believe God wants us bigger so we can do the bigger dream He has to do through us. It’s in the process of the dream coming to pass, that we are made bigger personally.

This is BIG for us and when we let Jesus work in us, we’re changed for the better.

I hope so! There’s a big world to reach and He has great plans for you.

2nd – We’re made better.

God’s plan for our lives will make us better as a person and as a leader. This is not automatic but it’s a possibility when we let God work in us.

He makes us better as a person first. This deals with our emotions, attitudes, behaviors, our thought life, and more. This is HUGE and it takes time. Like, our whole lifetime of God changing us and making us better.

It’s worth it and it’s needed!

He also makes us better as a leader. This deals with our skills of casting vision, building a team, serving others, developing as a speaker, and a lot more. Leadership is a skill that we can grow and develop over time.

To do this we must seek to grow through relationships, resources, and experiences. God wants us to get better in our leadership gifts and when we’re willing, God will make us better.

3rd – Everything is made beautiful.

There’s something powerful about walking with God that makes all things beautiful. This speaks to the fulfillment in our lives, the vision, the dream, and the effort coming together into a beautiful picture through Jesus.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬

Nothing we give, nothing we do, and nothing we go through is wasted in Christ. It’s all remembered by God and it counts for something more. In this process of this, everything is made beautiful by the hand of God.

Of course, there are challenges, battles, and tension along the way, but in the end, It’s all made beautiful.

This is a leader’s reward for saying yes!

So I encourage you to keep going! Keep praying! Keep serving! Keep giving! Keep believing! Keep leading! Keep reaching! God sees it and He’s doing more than you know or see right now!

God is with you and the best is yet to come!


Pastor David Norris

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