Following The Leader
During the children’s time, the pastor asked the children who liked to play “follow the leader”. No real fans of following the leader. At the end of the children’s moment they were to repeat the prayer. I heard one child repeat each line until "help us to forgive others”. I heard nothing.
Isn’t that like us? We want to follow Jesus when it is comfortable. If only we could pick and choose. I will love you. I will follow you. I will do what you say but don’t make me forgive so and so! Matthew 10: 25, “Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master.” We need to follow The Leader!
If we want to be a good leader we need to follow Jesus' example. He put others' needs before His own. He did not let ego or pride get in the way, He was humble and selfless. He did not desire accolades or positions of power. Jesus was a great servant, washing the feet of His disciples even during His most difficult time. He convicts while showing tremendous compassion. Jesus led with love, pointing people to the Truth! Philippians 2: 3-4, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Jesus began his ministry by recruiting 12 men and I have never heard of any signing bonuses or benefits. They dropped everything and went with Him. A good leader will hire people who have more skill than they, themselves, do in particular areas and they will train people. It takes a lot of courage to hire someone who has more skill than you. I have always heard that the best teachers/leaders are those whose teams are effective when the leader leaves. Jesus has over 2 billion followers and has lasted nearly 2000 years. I would say Jesus is the greatest Leader of all time!