God’s Performance Evaluation
From 1 Corinthians 4:1-13
The cultural definition of success and strong leadership looks very different than God’s definition. We can easily be swept in the current of our culture that that says success is about wealth, power, prestige, results, popularity, etc. Yet, the wisdom of the cross has something very different to say about success and leadership.
God’s performance evaluation criteria:
- Motivation to please God
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection
- Have you ever experienced a performance evaluation from your supervisor? What was that like? Would you rather give or receive a performance evaluation?
- What Christian leaders are you being influenced by? Why do you view them as strong Christian leaders?
- Paul calls us to be concerned about the judgements of God as opposed to faulty judgements of others. What is the role then of being teachable to the feedback and input of others?
- The Corinthian church was buying into worldly definitions of success (wealth, power, prestige). What are other unbiblical definitions of success that you can buy into? And how does this impact your leadership?
- Have you ever experienced being viewed as a fool by others because you chose to follow Jesus’ lead? What was that like?
- It is so easy to be motivated by popularity. Has there been a time you made a decision you knew would be unpopular but were convinced it was the decision God was leading you towards? What did you learn through this experience?
- What aspect of Godly leadership do you need to focus on this week (faithful, servant-hearted, humble, motivated to please God, resilience)? Why?