Charles Spurgeon on Leadership (2): Nine Observations about Confidence

1. The Christian leader has an innate confidence that springs from knowing that he/she is in the center of God’s will. Spurgeon recog­nized that infinite source of confidence at an early age and persistently pursued God’s will. He was absolutely convinced as we should, is “all that matters in life is that you please God.”

2. The best exercise of faith is one’s complete trust and confidence in God. Spurgeon urged his people, “It is essential that we should exhibit faith in the form of confidence in God.”

3. Leaders who trust in themselves display incredible ignorance about the source of true power. Spurgeon believed that one could not be used of God until self-confidence was depleted: “Our Heavenly Father does not usually cause us to seek the, Savior till He has whipped us clean out of all our confidence.”

4. The proper attitude/perspective is imperative for leaders to pursue their calling with confidence. The degree to which a leader embodies a positive attitude wed to trust in God’s providence may go a long way in determining one’s effectiveness.

5. A leader who has confidence in God is empowered to take self initiative in his ministry. “Be diligent in action. Put all your irons into the fire. Use every faculty for Jesus. Be wide-awake to watch opportunities, and quick to seize upon them.”

6. Leaders should be careful not to compare themselves with other leaders. “Let us not judge ourselves by others. . . . Let us measure ourselves by our Master, and not by our fellow-servants; then pride will be impossible, but hopefulness will be natural.”

7. The balance between confidence and humility enables a leader to exercise his/her gifts responsibly. “The proper recognition of the EGO is a theme worthy of our attention . . . the humble, responsible, and hon­est selfhood . . . resolves to be at the Divine bidding, and to be at its best, to the glory of God.”

8. The humble leader recognizes his weaknesses and strengths. “It is admirable to see a man humbly conscious of his own weakness, and yet bravely confident in the Lord’s power to work through his infirmity.”

9. Confidence, tempered by humility, seeks to bring all glory to God. “There is a confidence in one’s own powers which . . . is well-grounded, seasoned with humility, and attended with that holy gratitude which re­fers all honor and glory to the Giver of every good and perfect gift.”

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  1. Nathan   •  

    I’m enjoying your posts, Dr. Akin. #8 is clinging to my heart; I love how it ends with “and yet bravely confident in the Lord’s power to work through his infirmity”, not once does it mention anything about the leaders “own” strength. This contrasts great with the title which says, “The humble leader recognizes his weaknesses and strengths.” How amazing it is to know that the leaders strength is only God’s strength working through us, this was explained well in #3 which stated that God most effectively uses us when we are depleted of our own confidence. Praise Jesus!

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