"At the end of the day, I can only lead out of the overflow of my deep walk with Christ."

Best Christian Workplaces Institute recently interviewed me and took down this quote. Check out this blog from the interview: 4 Character-Builders to Sharpen Your Leadership.

One important role as a Christ-following influencer is to ensure the generation behind us is prepared and developed to follow Christ and help others do the same. In other words, we are to be thinking of “baton passing”! In the business world, it’s called “succession planning.”

When I think back on my life, I think of a particularly defining moment as a Christ-following influencer (a leader in my sphere of influence) that happened when I was in college at TCU.

You may have read my last post and said, “Wow, Doug, how in the world can you actually lead and make hard decisions, if you are reflecting Jesus!? In my world…”

I get it, but hear me out.

As followers of Christ, each of us has the opportunity to influence those around us, to be leaders in the spheres of influence God has given us in our homes and communities. Culture-making is a primary job of all leaders and, I think, Christ-followers. Culture speaks not only to what is done, but how things are done.

This 11-minute video gives Biblical inspiration and real-life examples of the kind of people God uses for the Kingdom. What new thing is God asking you to say “yes” to?

There’s a bug going around the office. Break out the hand sanitizer! Jesus hung out with “sick” people and everyone knew it. It was obvious they were spiritually sick—the “messed up” people that “good” folks looked down on and stayed away from.

When we look out in our world at those far from God, what are the first emotions that come into our heart?Anger (at the effect of sin on our world)? Disgust (by other people’s sin)? Self-Righteousness (comparing our sin with theirs)? What is Christ's response?

How would you rate your love and motivation for people who do not yet know Jesus? What do you do to look for lost “sheep,” people around you who would never make it “home” if not for someone going out of their way to find them?

Jesus’ methods were not overt. They were covert, even subversive.  Rather than speaking in a clear way that would offend his hearers, Jesus spoke in parables. Instead of showing up in all His God-likeness, He came to earth as a man, undercover, so to speak.