Leadership Lessons From Jesus

Leadership Lessons From Jesus

Welcome to Part Two of this week's series on leadership. For Part One, "What Defines A Leader? Position Or Influence?" you can click here. You can also read this article from our archives; "Servant Leadership."

Philippians 2:5-11(NKJV) - Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

From the top to the bottom to the top! That's the story of Jesus. The giver of life gave His life then took it back so that we who were dead in sin could live again. He left His top position in heaven to become one of us just because He loved us and not because we deserved it. He gave up the opulence of His throne to walk among men.

Even though He walked away from His position it was that decision which made Him the most influential man to ever live. He considered it more important to win our hearts as an influential leader than to force us to obey Him due to His position. It was this decision which triggered a response from The Father like no other. He gave Jesus more authority than everyone in heaven, on earth and under the earth.

When The Apostle Paul says, "Let this mind be in you" in Philippians 2:5 he means think just like Jesus. Humble yourself before God and do His Will. Even if that means tirelessly serving in God's Kingdom without any consideration of your reputation. You should be concerned with being famous in heaven for your service to God even if you don't get much recognition on earth.

Leadership Lessons From Jesus

Luke 14:7-11(NKJV) - So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8 “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9 and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10 But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
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