Leading in the Way of Jesus
Isaiah 46-49; 1 Peter 5
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’…Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:2, 5, 7
The two main under-miners of leadership health in this text are pride and fear. Using positional authority to control others or for personal gain grieves God. People belong to God, not to us. We serve under Christ’s authority and he invites us to lead with the same humility with which he leads. God hates pride and opposes it, but he gives grace to the humble. Servant leadership wins the trust and devotion of those we are leading because we place their interests first. Fear and anxiety take our eyes off of Jesus and place them on others or ourselves. Fear causes us to try to control people and outcomes so we won’t fail, or be disappointed, or hurt. God cares for you; don’t fear. He holds whatever it is that you are anxious about. There is a better way to lead, and that is the way of Jesus.
“Lord Jesus, you are my example and mentor in leadership. Guide me today and fill me with love, humility, and peace, for your glory.”