Philippians 2:3-7 (NASB) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
It’s not all that difficult to convince others of your worth or that you are good at something, if you are. Most, in my estimate, use that method to advance their position in their careers, activities, church, in life. You want to know what a truly effective leader looks like? It’s the man or women who doesn’t see a need to convince the world of their worth, but rather sees the need and benefit of convincing others of their value and worth. A person who can do that, is a person people follow.
Think about it. That’s the example Jesus’ life and ministry established, is it not? He humbled Himself, came down from the throne, saw the worth in each and every man, woman and child and showed them so. A life lived in Jesus Christ, is a life of daily reminding by Him of our worth. That’s what He came for. He came to encourage and bolster our places in this world. He believes so highly in us, loves us so completely that He spent His life, temporally and eternally, illustrating that to us. And the result? He leads, we follow.
Would you follow a God that spent His time telling you how great He is? Would you follow a Captain into battle that did? Would you follow a boss who thinks he’s the reason things work so well in the office? I don’t think you would. You believe in and follow the ones who don’t think more highly of themselves than they should, and are constantly seeking to praise and pull from you the best they know you possess. That’s a leader. That’s what Jesus was doing 2000+ years ago, is doing today and will do for eternity.
In the areas you are called upon to lead, are you leading that way? Are you setting that type of example? You should be. Have a blessed weekend.
Mark 10:42-45 Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,