Organizations, people, nations fall and rise on good, inspirational and transformational leadership. In respect to leadership, power and authority are contentious issues in our contemporary society and interestingly the Church. Matt, (2013) says “Great leaders motivate, exceptional leaders inspire, transformational leaders amplify. Restorer leaders amplify the best of what’s in themselves and around them.” How good an amplifier are you? Jesus Christ was all this, and much more, He modelled in His earthly ministry a leadership style worth studying and emulating. He is the ultimate Amplifier; Restorer Leader, “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever would be.”
A Restorer leader engages the disengaged. There are examples in the Bible of several Restorer leaders, and in the 21st Century, we would be able to identify with the likes of Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King. These two men at least from research, engaged at every level of society to the point it cost them their lives, families and comfort, but their actions changed and made a mark in their time; and we still make reference to them and others like them who dared to be Restorer leaders. “Leadership is a contact sport,” according to Chris Bones, professor of creativity and leadership at Manchester Business School. In other words, a Restorer leader does not bury his or he head in the sand or become oblivious to socio-economic and political injustices, a million times no; instead they set out to do something about it. Professor Bones further posit, “Being an engaged leader is about being visible and present.” Eric Garton, partner at Bain and Company, and author of time, talent and energy, says, engaged leaders “presume trust and empower accordingly.” So here is my question, are you burying your head in the sand because everything looks cool around you, or because you are nicely put together, and behind your gated walls? You have been entrusted and gifted with the Restorer leadership qualities to dominate and set the captives free from the oppression of mean spirited, and wicked people, who rule without the fear of the Lord. Selah.
Back to engaging Biblical texts, the Bible says, “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the breach, the Restorer of streets to dwell.” Read Isaiah 58:12 (NKJV). Watch this, a Restorer leader is a foundation examiner; Jeremiah 1:10 (NKJV) tells us saying, “See, I have set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” For anyone to be able to do this; would require some level of interrogation of the structures and foundations right? In like manner, the Restorer leader examine the foundations of people’s lives with a view to proffering Biblical counsel to help Restore and underpin a broken foundation, he or she is concerned more about the development, well-being of the people they serve; and I liken this to a transformational leader, who is always looking for ways to enhance others around them, never insecure about themselves, having a greater need to serve rather than to be served. People in the Bible who modelled this type of Restorer leadership style include: Jeremiah, Nehemiah, Isaiah and the BEST OF THE BEST, my brother, your brother, Jesus Christ.
Jesus’s mandate as a Restorer leader was clear from the onset, and the Bible let us know exactly what it is, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon ME, because He anointed ME to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent ME to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Read Luke 4:18-19 (NASB). Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you and I have been called to; and if what we do as leaders is not impacting the lives of people in a way that uplifts, encourages, builds, empower, emancipate; then may I suggest, we would have to re-evaluate the whole essence of our leadership. You can be a leader in your home, organization or sphere of influence; do the people you lead experience the same qualities Jesus came to give us? In other words, are you living out Luke 4? Of a truth, the greatest honor you and I can give to the Lord, is when we live out what He says, or better put, “becoming what you are pursuing.” Selah.
Jesus was, is and still remains the unparalleled ultimate Restorer leader, therefore, we should embrace His leadership style qualities; it will work in any environment. Jesus Christ – the Restorer leader is a reflection of God in the earth; and in like manner, you and I ought to be the Restorer leaders to our world, giving them an experience of the Kingdom of God; its rule of love and compassion. A Restorer leader is a difference maker, he or she does not have to struggle to become; they simply walk in the power of the Restorer leader. Jesus never ever vacillated in His leadership style, He was fixed, planted and immovable like Mount Zion, glory to God, Hallelujah. Jesus Christ, is our model example, hence you and I can walk like He walked, lead like He led; in power, grace, strength and a calm quietness, hence the Bible says, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Read Colossians 1:27b (NKJV).
A Restorer leader possesses qualities which distinguish them from the crowd; Yielded to God’s word, Hearer of God’s counsel, Separates themselves unto God, Worshipper of God, and lastly and the most important I think, a committed, consistent, sold out relationship and fellowship with God Almighty. Remember, the Bible says, “You have been chosen to come out of the world…” In other words, you operate and are governed by a different set of rules, therefore embrace who you really are, and walk in the reality of what the Lord has enlightened your eyes to see through His word. Hallelujah, Glory to God.
This has been a fascinating, study, and read for me personally. I am inspired to fully embrace my God given Restorer leadership qualities, and I am so very thankful to God for His continued grace and favor and insight to share His thoughts deposited in my heart with His precious people. The Lord continue to bless and increase you in His grace and favor and mercy in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
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