8. Become More Like Jesus. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” It is God’s will for you to become more like His Son, Jesus Christ.
Interceding, reaching out, serving and loving people as a small group leader will continue the work of carving out the character of Christ in your soul. It will also give you a new appreciation for the way Jesus ministered to the twelve disciples. Leading a small group helps you to become more like Jesus.
9. Clean Home. I can only hope this is a natural by-product of leading a small group in your home. It is for me.
I go into a house cleaning frenzy when I’m expecting people over for a small group meeting. Of course it’s more work, but the final result is a clean house, praise God!
10. Fulfill the Great Commission. There are two judgments mentioned in the Bible: The Great White Throne Judgment between believers and unbelievers (Revelation 20:12-15) and the Judgment of Seat of Christ for believers (1 Cor. 3:12-15, 2 Cor. 5:10). At the Judgment Seat of Christ, salvation is not the issue; rather, The Lord will evaluate believers’ lives for the purpose of giving them eternal rewards. The rewards will be based on how we used our resources (time, gifts, talents, energy, money, etc.) to obey God and build His kingdom.
Leading a small group transforms you into a disciple making disciples that make disciples. It is an obedient response to His call in Matt. 28:18-20 to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. Leading a small group equips you to live out His Word and prepares you for your eternal destiny.
With all these benefits and more, how does one integrate small group leadership into an over-burdened life and schedule? The answer is simple: You make time for that which is important. For me, it’s not that I don’t have time to lead a small group (because I honestly don’t) it’s just that I don’t have time NOT to lead a small group. Once I determined that discipleship happens in biblical community, how could I excuse myself from it? If this creates tension within yourself, I encourage you to wrestle with it, search His Word, pray and come to your own conclusion about what God has for you.