Jesus Defined Leadership
I came across a great quote from J. Oswald Sanders in his book Spiritual Leadership: Principles of Excellence for Every Believer.
“Here at the outset of this study of spiritual leadership, we will simply highlight Jesus’ master principle: True greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in coaxing or inducing others to serve you. True service is never without cost. Often it comes with a bitter cup of challenges and painful baptism of suffering. For genuine godly leadership weighs carefully Jesus’ question: “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” (Mark 10:38b). The real spiritual leader is focused on the service he or she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title. We must aim to put more into life than we take out.”
I am reading a book by C.J. Mahaney titled Humility with a friend, and we were just reminded today as we talked about Jesus’ words, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).”
Because of the sacrifice of Jesus for my sins and my faith in Him, I can now serve others with genuineness and purpose. “Ultimately our Christian service exists only to draw attention to this source–to our crucified and risen Lord who gave Himself as a ransom for us all (Humility, 48).” I am a pointer. I would assume at this point our Pastor would give some helpful hunting illustration with regards to hunting dogs, but I am woefully insufficient for this task. I am inclined to compare this to bowling. If one bowls regularly and consistently, they will regularly use the arrows on the lanes. A consistent bowler will roll their ball for a particular arrow because they trust that this line will point them to the pocket, where they are more consistently going to throw a strike. We might look at our lives as those arrows. Are we pointing (leading through service) others to the pocket (Jesus Christ)?