When we think of leadership these days, we think of a business owner, a president, a pastor, or even an athlete on our favorite team. Even the Bible tells us of people like Moses, Jeremiah, and David. We have this earthly idea that in order to be a leader, we must lead people. Leadership seems to be earned in the spotlight, being in front of people and telling others to follow us. But when Jesus entered the atmosphere we call time, He changed the whole game. To say that Christ flipped the definition of leadership upside down is an incredible understatement! If we claim to be a Christian, then shouldn’t we be followers of Jesus and therefore follow His example? Why do we cling to our society’s definition of what leadership looks like, or for that matter, what the Old Testament portrays as leadership? Isn’t our collection of early church fathers’ writings and letters called the New Testament; does it not represent a new covenant?
Jesus taught and demonstrated the new paradigm for leadership. He said that to be the greatest, one would have to become the least; He demonstrated that true leaders are in the business of serving; He showed through example that washing another’s feet is nobler than asking those same feet to follow you! This just flies in the face of our natural instincts, doesn’t it? He plainly said the last will be first and the first will be last. So this begs the question: Are we true leaders today? As men and women of God, are we more concerned about our social standing and reputation or are we more concerned about serving others in love? Now, we must be careful how we answer this very important question. Do you consider yourself a leader? If the answer is yes, then take a long, hard look at your heart and motives. If the answer is no, then you must ask yourself why. Christ commanded us in the Great Commission to go and make disciples; but how can you make disciples without being a leader?!
You see, we need to learn to redefine our terms through the lens of Christ’s teachings and learn true, spiritual leadership by the tutelage of the Holy Spirit. You, assuming you are a believer, are called to be a servant leader; you are called to be a disciple-maker; and you are responsible for the choice to either leave the existing leadership to “do their thing” or step up and obey the biblical mandate to take on your rightful place as a leader. And please understand that leaders are needed so very badly these days! We need leaders in our homes, our schools, our churches, and our communities. Without Christian leaders in every facet of society, the society will inevitably collapse. We can see this through the binoculars of history and the lessons it teaches. My friends, the harvest is great, but the laborers are few.
Pray this weekend for God’s wisdom in how you should be a leader. Don’t ask if you are called to be a leader; simply ask where and how you are to lead. For all called by the Name above all names are called to “go and make disciples”. Weakness is no excuse; it is a requirement. Doubt is not the enemy; it is the catalyst. Fear is not a hindrance; it is an open door to courage. So what do you say? Are you willing to step up by stepping down and serving Christ in the Kingdom of God? You don’t need a degree, you don’t need to be smart, you don’t need to be “super-Christian”, and you don’t need to be worthy; the only requirement is willingness.
Be blessed my brothers and sisters, and go be a leader!