Lead On!

3D Leadership CrosswordThere are times when I’ve been frustrated with the people who are my leaders. This applies to church leaders, community leaders, state leaders and even national leaders. There are times I’ve been disappointed in their decisions or their logic. I think some people get leadership confusion with power. Leadership does bring with it a certain amount of authority. Power seems to bring pride into the picture and power really screws things up. Power often corrupts leaders. Leaders should always make decisions based on what is best for the people they are leading as well as themselves.

It’s interesting that while Jesus was here on the earth, the religious leaders did not believe in Him. They really had a hard time when He raised Lazarus from the dead. Here was living, breathing, “walking around proof” of Jesus authority and power over death. They just weren’t sure what to do with him. Check this out…

42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. (John 12:42-46 NIV)

Leadership should not be about the praise of men. It should be about leading others to make good decisions and live honorable lives. Leadership in God’s economy should be about leading people to a saving relationship with God.  I want to lead others from a place of following. I want to lead by example. I want to see others become full-on followers of Jesus. I want others to seek the praise and blessing from God rather than their fellow humans. Fame is fickle and fleeting, but honor and blessing from God is eternal. I’m going for the honor and blessing of God on my life. I really don’t care if I’m known by men or not – what really matters is does the Lord know me.

Pressing On!

Broken Leaders

Elderly man prayingI see people who are in leadership positions wielding power that is self-serving all the time. The point of leadership is service to the people following. Politicians often wield power in order to remain in power instead of serving the people who elected them. This is an example of a leadership model that is broken.  Jesus introduces a leadership model where the leader is broken. There is a significant difference because the leader is not wielding power, but leading with wisdom and authority. Check this out….

45 While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” (Luke 20:45-47 NIV)

I believe that the Lord will hold leaders responsible for their leadership. You can tell that He is disgusted with the arrogant, pompous behavior of the teachers of the law (aka religious leaders).  In God’s economy leaders are door holders and servants. It’s their service that elevates them to leadership roles. Leaders inspire others to live and lead.  I want to be a follower of Christ who leads others to Christ by serving them. I want to be a leader who is broken before God.

Pressing On!