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by Rich Peterson, Church Relations 

    1. A life in harmony with God. What is important to God is important to you. What breaks God’s heart, breaks your heart. When God says go there, you go there. When God says stop that in your life, you stop that in your life. When God says, this is wrong and I want you to change, you change what is wrong because you have a heart for God.
    2. You have a heart that is sensitive to the things of God.
    3. For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
    4. What is God looking for? He is looking for men and women whose hearts are completely His.

That means when you do wrong, you admit it and immediately change your ways to right. You long to please God in your actions. You care about the motivations behind your actions.

    1. Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse in Bethlehem, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons” (1 Samuel 16:1).
    2. God doesn’t concern Himself with what’s on the outside of a person as much as God concerns Himself about what’s on the inside of a person.
    3. Character counts!
    4. God is looking for the humble, not the proud. When you have a servant’s heart, you are humble. You do as you’re told. You don’t rebel. You respect those in charge. You serve faithfully and quietly.
    1. “So, he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and led them with skillful hands” (Ps. 78:72)
    2. Honesty or integrity – complete, innocent, wholesome, healthy.
    3. Honesty is what you are when no one is looking.
    4. God is not impressed with externals (what on the outside of a person) God always focuses on what’s on the inside of a person.

Three priorities of servant leadership: a heart for God, humility, and honesty.


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  • How are you making progress practically in these three arenas of Christian leadership?
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