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Redemptive Decisions

Redemption is defined as the act of buying something back, or paying a price to return something to your possession.  If speaking to my kids, I’d say that redemption is when something has been lost, stolen, or broken; and then we make it all right again by finding it, recovering it, or fixing it.  As a believer the word redemption refers to me, and tells the story that  I’ve been the token in a redemption process.

Redemption always involves going  from  something  to  something else. In this case it is Christ freeing us  from  the bondage of the law  to  freedom of a new life in him. (source)

Redeemed from a law I could never fully obey, and moved up into a new life and new relationship with the God that offered me grace and forgiveness.  This is basic theology, but how does it affect our lives as leaders?  How would the foundation of redemption apply to how I lead leaders.

1. Take the time to listen to those you lead. The redemptive leader of leaders always takes time to let what needs to be said, be said. When we listen first, we give ourselves the space to have a redemptive reaction. There are times that as a leader you are in the place of helping others go from something to something else, and it often times comes after listening.

2. Pray for those you lead. How often do you spend quality time praying for the professional and spiritual lives of those you lead? When we submit our authority position to time in prayer, then the Holy Spirit can lead us into the conversations that helps us take others from something to something else.

3. Put grace at the center of your authority. As the leader, you have the right to lead.  You have the ability to control and dictate the expectations of the people you lead, it’s a fact. Yet, as the redemptive leader you have to let grace and humility be at the center of your conversations. When grace is in the middle, it lets our teams know that our goal is much more than what our own abilities will allow us to do.

Luke 21:27-28
At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.