“speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority…”
As leaders, this gives us a 4-point game plan. We must:
- Speak these things: What are the things that God wants you to communicate? What is the vision or dream that God wants you to share? What convictions must you express?
- Exhort: Are you building others up or pushing them down? Do others smile when they see you coming or when they see you leaving? Do you plead, implore, and challenge others for good?
- Rebuke: Do you have the backbone to rebuke in love? Are you a leader who tells people what they need to hear or what they want to hear?
- With all authority: The authority we have as spiritual leaders is borrowed authority. Therefore, we must be healthy stewards of Christ’s authority as His representatives on earth.