For a lot of pastors and Christian leaders, it’s easier and more natural to study Scripture than to study themselves. And yet, Paul tells Timothy to keep close watch on his own life. In addition to studying Scripture, a Christian leader must be a thorough exegete of his own heart.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne knew that his holiness was not an option in his ministry. He said, “The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness.”
It was true for him, and it’s true for you.
So, I want to pass on to you a few categories to use as you watch your life. I’ll never forget the first time I heard someone describe these four areas.
Before we get there, there’s a word of caution for those who can take “watch yourself” too far, who become so introspective that they are paralyzed from ever taking a step forward or ever leading.
When you examine your life and your fitness for leadership, don’t look at things minute-by-minute, or even day-by-day. Rather, look for the direction your life is headed, month-by-month, or every six months. All day long we are up and down in terms of walking in the Spirit. It’s not wise to take your spiritual temperature all the time.
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