Leadership: The Jesus Style
The subject of leadership is one of the most studied subjects in the world because we know that everything rises and falls on leadership. Furthermore, we know that a man’s success in life and the measure of his influence will not be any greater than his leadership ability. This is what drives the intensive study of the topic of leadership
As a result of this, there are different views about what leadership is and what leadership is not. The best reference for the true meaning of leadership is exemplified by Jesus Christ our Lord and explained in the Scriptures because Jesus is the embodiment of truth while the Bible is truth captured in print.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11)
In July 2005, The Lord spoke the following words to me, He said, “You are UNQUALIFIED to lead a people you are unwilling to die for.” That’s a very big statement. God calls leaders “Shepherds” and the people He called “Sheep.” He called both secular and religious leaders shepherds. This puts leadership in an entirely different light. See Psalm 78:70-72 (NIV); Isaiah 56:9-12; Jeremiah 3:15-16; 23:1-6; Ezekiel 22:23-31; 34:1-31.
Leadership is not a position. It is taking responsibility for the wellbeing of others. It is a selfless and self sacrificing commitment to the wellbeing of a person or group of persons. Leadership is leveraging your abilities, influence and gifting for the improvement of the wellbeing of others. True Leadership is adding value. It is improving the lives of others.
This is the kind of leadership that Jesus modeled to us in the Bible. He said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” See Matthew 20:25-28 NLT.
It is obvious from the text above that leadership is a call to selfless, self giving service. True leadership is serving the purposes of God. It is serving the interests and priorities of the kingdom. It is being concerned about improving the wellbeing of others. This is the kind of leader that God wants us to be.
Leadership is not a position of authority but an opportunity to serve others. It is using your position and privileges to help people be more, do more and have more. A leader will leave you better than the way he finds you. See Acts 4:13; 20:17-31; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 MSG.
Paul the Apostle wrote the following words in his letter to Thessalonican Church:
1 Thessalonians 2:3-8 NLT
So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money! As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.
As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children. We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.
From the above context we can see that Paul and his colleagues were not doing it for gain. They were in ministry to please God and to give their lives for the betterment of others. Nothing wins a man’s loyalty than his knowledge of your willingness to sacrifice yourself for his own wellbeing. When people become convinced of your selfless and self sacrificing commitment to their good they are inspired to commit themselves to follow you selflessly as well. See 2 Corinthians 4:1-2; 12:13-18.
People will obey those they fear. They admire those they respect. But they will live or die for someone they love. A true leader is a good shepherd. He loves the people he is called to serve even if they don’t love him back. See Philippians 1:8; 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 NLT. Consider Jesus. In spite of all the maltreatment He received from humanity, He still loved us and gave Himself for us. It was the knowledge of Christ’s love that inspired Paul to say that, “The life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” See Galatians 2:20.
Again He wrote,
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NKJV
Love wins people. Love attracts people. As we begin to serve people out of genuine love for them, they will drawn to God. The power of God will flow out of us powerfully. Remember that most of the greatest miracles Christ wrought were done out of compassion; genuine concern for the wellbeing of others. See Matthew 14:14; 15:29-38; 20:30-34; Mark 1:40-42; 5:1-19; 8:1-9; Luke 7:11-17.
People crave love just like they crave oxygen. Anywhere they find genuine, selfless love they will stick. In Acts 11:24, the Bible records that the Church at Antioch grew because Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. It’s time to embrace the Jesus style of leadership. Serving through exemplary character, feeding the people the truth of God’s Word and praying for them continuously. Comforting the disheartened, strengthening the weak, rebuking the proud and the unruly, healing the sick, bringing deliverance to the oppressed at no charge whatsoever. Jesus said, “Freely you have received and freely give.”
Let’s help them find God and follow Him. Let’s help them become like Jesus in character, charisma and compassion Let’s help them find their purpose. Let’s equip and empower them to fulfill destiny. Let’s help them be more, do more and have more. That’s service. I mean that’s leadership. Shalom
Join us for Leadership Sessions everyday (Monday through Saturday) @ 10:00am (GMT+1) for S.K.I.L.L.S on New Vision TV, on the web @crichurch.org and on Facebook @Apostle David Wale Feso, @ Charismatic Renaissance or @ NewVisionTV Broadcast.
Let’s help you develop your leadership ability and increase your level of influence and capacity for success.
Preserving the Faith of the Fathers For Future Generations