Passion and Leadership


by Rob Campbell

Check out Steve’s blog posted yesterday.  It’s excellent!  The motivation he writes about reminded me of a necessary ingredient for every leader.  It is PASSION.

Those with passion have a servant’s heart and a burning desire to pursue God.  Jesus was a passionate person.  Watch his passion and zeal displayed in the following scenario.

“When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.   So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, ‘Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!’” (John 2:13-16).

Jesus was passionate about the temple which he wanted to protect as a house of prayer.

Passion is our personal motivation that overflows into the lives of others.  Yes, passion is contagious.  The passion of Paul and Silas is evident as they are accused of “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6) for the gospel of Christ.  You will know passion when the pain is greater than the reward.

Antoine de Saint Exupery is noted for saying, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”  We are looking for men and women who have a passion for the sea of the harvest.



2 thoughts on “Passion and Leadership

  • Antoine de Saint Exupery gives a good idea. Shouldn’t we compare “to yearn for the vast and endless sea” to first yearning for God (“Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually”, 1Chronicles 16:11, AMP) and then to make disciples of all nations (“When they saw him, they worshiped him…Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:17, 19-20, NIV).

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