2006-06-02 - Follow the Follower
Matthew 20:25-28 But Jesus called them together and said, "You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. 26 But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. 28 For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many." (NIV)
I was driving to church recently, when I caught sight of something that alarmed me. I saw an adult woman "leading" a toddler in their front yard, which fronts a busy highway. The problem? She was leading from in front of the child, where she couldn't see if something happened to it. If a predator snatched that child, she might not know till it was too late. Side note: Okay I know most people wouldn't think anything about that. But I work in the Justice System, and I admit I have always thought like a police officer, long before I started working around them four years ago. So do be careful!
But I though that was a good analogy for leadership in the church or the work world - or even in families. We who have been entrusted with leadership shouldn't go off into our own little world or agenda; we should lead by walking side by side or behind those who "follow" us. We should lead as Christ taught us, as a servant. He instructed us not to "lord it over" those we lead.
And we shouldn't lead blindly. We need to be informed leaders, studying what God's word has to say about a subject, as well as consulting trusted experts when needed. We should do research and evaluation before making decisions - and lead with accountability. That's called good stewardship.
I encourage all of us who have been given the gift of leadership to use it wisely.
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