Leading like Jesus

The crisis of leadership that we are facing is an opportunity for Christians to seek to understand Jesus’ leadership better, so that we begin to lead like Him.  The church is Jesus’ body. We are His voice, His hands and His feet. Jesus died so that the church could provide His kind of leadership. 

This devotional is part of the Awakening Series. It is inspired by the song “Arise and take your place as King” and the situation my country is facing.

SONG:  LET YOUR KINGDOM COME

Let Your kingdom come

Let Your will be done

Come and rule in our hearts this day

Then joy will abound

And peace be found

And righteousness fill this place

 

And let this be the day

When we truly change our ways

And let this be the time

When we renew our minds

And let this be the hour

When Your Word becomes our standard

Then we’ll  give You the highest place

And our lives resound with praise!

 

Arise and take Your place as King

Arise and take Your place as King

In our hearts Lord

In our hearts Lord

We will prepare a place for you

We will prepare the way for you

Come and reign

Within our hearts

 

Arise and take your place as King

Arise and take your place as King

In this nation

In this nation

We will prepare a place for You

We will prepare the way for You

Come and reign

Throughout this land

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Scripture References: Philippians 2:3-15 and Matt 5:13-16.

20th October is Heroes Day in my country, Kenya. It is a public holiday and we take the time to honor national heroes – both past and present.  A day earlier, an editorial in one of the leading dailies caught my eye. It was entitled “Could the real Mashujaa step forward and save our country.”  (Mashujaa is the Kiswahili word for heroes). The author pointed out that “the Church appears mute where ideally, it should have stepped in to offer spiritual and moral guidance and a sense of calm and reassurance.”

Our country is in a political crisis that has caused division, created anxiety and affected the economy. There is a cry for a new kind of leadership that can offer hope in the midst of the storm, and safely navigate the way to safe harbor. I carried out a comparison between two highly influential leaders that have left their mark on humanity – one for good and the other for evil. Neither of them ever held public office.The two leaders are Jesus and Satan. Jesus chose to live on earth as man for 33 years – so that He could better identify with those He was called to lead- but currently He exerts His influence invisibly, behind the scenes, and visibly, through the church.  Satan also exerts His influence invisibly and through people. When Jesus was on earth, He referred to Satan as the “prince of this world” a confirmation of the fact that Satan does indeed have significant influence.

Here are the results of my comparison of these two leaders and their leadership styles.

Two types of leaders

JESUS SATAN
Did not consider equality with God something to be clung to. Made himself a servant Self-exalting. Wanted to be God and exalt his throne above God’s
King of Righteousness Evil. Prince of darkness
Leads us to overall well-being (Shalom) Leads us to destruction
Merciful, righteous, just Judge Accuser. Promotes injustice and unrighteous judgment.
Humble Proud
Submissive to God’s will and purpose. Submissive to authority. Opposes God’s purpose. Promotes  lawlessness and rebellion against authority.
Gentle Cruel (torments and enslaves)
Redeems. Restores what was lost. Comes to steal, kill and destroy.
Teaches us to walk in righteousness Tempts us to walk in unrighteousness
Always tells the truth Deceives. His name is the “Father of Lies”

 

Prince of Peace. Promotes peace, (together with – not apart from – justice), forgiveness and reconciliation. Promotes jealousy, revenge and causes division. Causes disorder.

 

In the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell says “Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.”  God’s people are called to be leaders – the head and not the tail (Deut 28:13). We are also called to be light and salt (Matt 5:13-16).  As light we are to provide moral guidance and expose evil (Eph 5:8-11).  And as salt, we can be a healing and preserving influence.

So the crisis of leadership that we are facing is an opportunity for Christians to seek to understand Jesus’ leadership better, so that we begin to lead like Him (Eph 5:15-16).  The church is Jesus’ body (Eph 5:30). We are His voice, His hands and His feet. Jesus died so that the church could provide His kind of leadership. As we let Him take His place in our hearts, we will begin to shine like stars in the midst of the  darkness that threatens to overwhelm us – our influence will be felt and the nations will begin to experience the benefits of God’s rule (Phil 2:15).

May we understand and live out this reality wherever He has placed us!

Prayer: Lord Jesus I acknowledge I have been distracted from my role as salt and light. I have been complaining and pointing fingers at others whilst failing to be alert for opportunities to be a light shining in a dark season.  I have been praying for my country and You want me to continue to do so, but I now realize you want me to do more. Forgive me and cleanse me and show me practical steps I can take from now on to be a positive influence in my country. Arise and take Your place in my heart Lord! Arise and take Your place in my nation!

 

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