· Relationships formed of mutual trust, a common faith, and the unity of the Spirit build up and strengthen the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:16).
· The fruit of investing in others who grow spiritually from your leadership (Philippians 4:1; 3 John 4). Because this is such an important point, I quote Paul’s words to the Thessalonians, “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,” (1 Thessalonians 1:6). This is a reward on earth that worth pouring our heart and soul into top quality leadership.
· Watching leaders we have mentored become effective in ministry (Philippians 2:19-20). For Paul to have such confidence in Titus that he could leave him on Crete and Timothy in Ephesus was in itself a huge reward. I have often said that my goal is to multiply leaders who can stand on their own and be more effectively used by God than myself.
· Knowing the eternal reward we will receive from our Master, Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Earthly rewards are wonderful, but they have no comparison to standing before Jesus, the Head of the Church and hear him says, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” (Matthew 25:21).
My keen desire is that you take seriously the responsibilities of leadership so that your heart will be filled with the joy of Christ’s rewards. They do not come by taking short-cuts or cutting corners. They do not come by seeking the applause of people. They do not come by ignoring and disobeying the principles God has given in His Word. They come with consistently walking in fellowship with the Lord and receiving the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.