The Goal of Leadership
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I was struck with the thought today that our goal in leadership is not about success, but very much about being of value to others.
Jesus grew character — a character centered on a Christ-like servant heart.
Jesus modelled servanthood and challenged his disciples to follow that example — to be like him. From the Kingdom perspective, this makes leadership modelled on Jesus and centered on his indwelling character superior to all secular leadership styles.
Jesus appointed the disciples to be leaders contrary to the world’s method and told them, “It shall not be so among you” (Matthew 20:26).
In other words: "Too many kings can ruin the army." We in fact have ONE KING!
Jesus' leadership style is diametrically opposed to that of the world. He declared that in the Kingdom, greatness belongs to the servant and that distinction grows from child-like humility (Matthew 18:4). He taught that leaders were to serve others, not to be served by them.
So we focus on others and lead by making the case for the "right way, the only way" rather than pointing out an 'alternative' path. The way of Christ "is" of course the only way. In turn our Ekklesia needs to confirm this truth and we are to be of faith to present the "character" of this exciting, good news!
Bless the Lord O' My Soul!
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