The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

An Agent of Change

Bible Character:  John the Baptist

Many people dread change.  Some people understand that change is a necessity to be productive.  A few people accept the role of being an “agent of change”.

One person in the Bible who bore this quality was John the Baptist.  His job was to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus and further introduce the Holy Spirit.  He had the great honor of baptizing Jesus!

How did he go about positively influence a change?

Anticipate a better future

We all think things are always getting worse…don’t we?  When organizations have already accomplished great things, a tendency can be to think that maybe the best days are behind them.  It’s our job as leaders to dispel such thinking and provide a path to an even greater destiny.

John the Baptist knew that Jesus would bring a better future for all people of the earth.  Leaders can also provide an improved future for others by promoting the proper changes needed.

Involve others

Matthew 3:11 says, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals.  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”.

We think introducing something new is tough…how about trying to unveil the Holy Spirit in a new way to the world.  Sometimes changes are small, sometimes very big. 

A key to preparing for a change you need to make is how it is presented.  Do the people you are leading have buy in, or do you continually just push the changes on them?  Do you garner support for the changes by gathering input first?

In the comments section of this blog please feel free to share some ways you invite people to participate in changes.


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4 thoughts on “An Agent of Change

  1. Jeff,
    I appreciate this post! John was such an example! Who of us would be so willing to make and love by the statement “He must increase,I must decrease” John 3:30 and then live it? John realized his role and lived it! Thanks Jeff!

  2. Typo! …Who of us would be so willing to make and LIVE by the statement…

  3. Thanks Tom. You bring up a good attribute about John, he was very humble!

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