Jesus Our Leader to Follow

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Leadership is an issue that we often see even in the Old Testament. Great leaders like David, Moses, Gideon and many others stood up for God to bring people to refuge. It is God’s desire that His people be saved from atrocities and sufferings. We know for a fact that God is our refuge. It enables us to freely trust and rely on Him. God dearly wants us to depend on Him even in situations that threaten our well-being, whether in a physical or spiritual sense. God is in control and He wants us to know that. So, the best place is to be, right with our God always.

The best example is the leadership of Jesus when He was here on earth, who was primarily interested of our relationship to the Father for man to have refuge. He taught us to be in subjection to the Father as Jesus himself submit to the Father’s will (John 6:37-39). When Jesus spoke, people discerned both His oneness with God and His genuine interest of our well being. Leroy Lawson said in his booklet “Jesus didn’t mince words; He certainly was not tactful. He was not manipulating their feelings nor appealing to their selfishness. He spoke from His heart to theirs from His close personal acquaintance with God’s will and His desire to see them in it. They believed Him” (My Way or God’s Way – Developing Christian character when no one else cares). However, Dale Roach said, the kind of leader Jesus is that He was not self-promoting (Mark 1:11). He was obedient to the Holy Spirit as He was led in the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). He cast a vision with clarity, simplicity and directness (Mark 1:15). He was a team builder (Mark 1:17), a relationship builder (Mark 1:19), He engaged crisis head-on (Mark 1:30-31) and practiced daily prayer (Mark 1:35) (http://likeateam.com/9-characteristics-of-jesus-as-a-leader/).

Young people are needed to be built and encouraged in the church to see a bright hope and someday lead a Godly Biblical Church. We needed to study the examples we see in the Holy Scriptures and make that as a guide. There are written qualifications for us to follow, but building godly leaders is another factor to put into the plan. The young people who one day will take over the work of those who are already old should be groomed to be godly leaders in the future. It is essential to see young men fearing God not someone who simply professes faith, attends church but someone who fear and respect our Almighty. With the fear of God, all will follow. They become men of integrity, full of honesty and upright principles and views. To develop them in their role and make them skilled church leaders will help them become more efficient and effective leaders in handling the affairs of the church (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

 

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