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Offline MeMyself

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Thought I'd share
« on: Wed May 23, 2018 - 09:22:18 »
My dh and I were talking today about how often leadership and authority is confused with power...

I said I didn't see Jesus as leading with that mindset...that I saw Him being relational in His leadership, rather than leadership that was based on self importance...even though He was *God* in flesh, He didn't lord that over folks...He didn't abuse His position as the ultimate leader of men (and women and children).

I found this article after that and thought I'd share it here, for whosoever might be blessed by it as I was.  ::smile::


"Jesus modeled quietly and personally how to show compassion for individuals.

Though there were many needs to be met, Jesus was not needs-driven, he was strategically-driven. He waited for a year and a half before he selected a team of twelve who could handle the resources and ramifications of corporate compassion efforts with the crowds. Throughout the scriptures Jesus was known for his compassion. He personally modeled it, he corporately multiplied it, and then he globally mandated it driven by a mantra to love God and love your neighbor (see Luke 10:27; Matthew 22:37-39).  "

Something else I read said that being needs driven isn't the same as bending to every whim and demand of others so that the gospel be watered down or even ignored.  Needs driven is not the same as being people pleasin'.  I think Jesus exemplified that balance perfectly...as He was able to discern what to say "no" to so as to meet the true and deepest needs in us all; reconciliation with the Father.

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Thought I'd share
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Offline soterion

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Re: Thought I'd share
« Reply #1 on: Wed May 23, 2018 - 10:12:13 »
Good stuff. ::smile::

There was a period, some time back, when the phrase "Servant Leadership" was popular. That's what this sounds kinda like (I haven't yet looked at the link).

In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul tells us to have the same attitude Jesus had. It's an attitude of One who, in position, was the exact opposite of a servant, but who humbled Himself so as to serve God and man. He was the greatest Leader ever while on earth, but He was a slave at the same time.

I am reminded of this when I see a leader, such as where I am employed, having more of an attitude of being over others and having a power trip, rather than being an example of what he or she is looking for out of others. Those who are an example and don't lord it over others, but still expect the job to be done, are the most respected.

Thanks for the OP; good topic. ::clappingoverhead::