“True leadership only comes with an understanding of the Son of Man and His mission and vision because in our quest to understand him, he reveals to us the inner workings of our own hearts.”
Jesus perfectly practiced what true leadership should look like. As a leader, you have to realize that it isn’t about just you. God gave this team to you to lead and grow. To follow the epitome of leadership, we must see how Jesus led, how Jesus came and served. Isaiah 53 paints this picture perfectly:
“Yet it was our weakness he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.”
We are to “bear one another’s burdens.” We learn the weaknesses of others so we an encourage them and help them become stronger.
“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”
As a leader, you have to focus on your team, not just what benefits you but what benefits them, even if you can’t reap the benefits immediately. Jesus knew that His act of obedience would save mankind and He gave the ultimate, most selfless sacrifice, Jesus.
“We have left God’s path to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.”
Even though Christ knew that in coming to Earth He would be “despised and rejected, pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins, beaten so we could be whole,” He still came. We have to be obedient to the call that God has given us. We must be faithful instead of fearful. We must be fruitful instead of fearing our failure. Know your mission and complete it. In the great commission, Jesus tells us to “go into all nations and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Commission comes from the Latin word “commissio,” meaning “I entrust.” John 3:35 says, “The Father loves his Son and has put everything into His hands.” Just as Christ was given all authority by His Father and entrusted “everything into His hands,” we have that authority. In Mark 16 in the Great Commission, Jesus says that “those who believe will cast out demons in His name, they will speak in new languages… they will be able to place their hands on the sick and be healed. They will be able to handle snakes with safety and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them.”
A snake or serpent is symbolic of a deadly, subtle, malicious enemy. In Acts 28:5, Paul is bitten by a snake on the hand and he throws it in the fire. He is unharmed. The devil, the snake, may attack us but by the power of Christ, we can handle that snake with His safety surrounding us.
So when Jesus gives the Great Commission, He is saying, “I am entrusting you with my loved ones, my children, the ones I died for. I am sending you on a mission- don’t worry about your abilities, rely on the power of the Holy Sprit to guide you. All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. Go out, in the power of My Spirit, and share the Good News with everyone. Together, as My church, go into all nations. Go out as one with one goal, one power, and one Name on your lips.” We have a job to do and the power to do it. Who are we to withhold the Good News of hope? Who are we to determine who is worthy? We are unworthy. He alone is worthy.