Leaders Do It First

God wants all of us to be good leaders. If we are true leaders, we will be the first to act when we see a need, and we will expect others to imitate our example.

A simple act like stacking chairs after a meeting will reveal who is a leader. Just watch to see who is the first person to take action. Then watch to see if they expect others to follow their example. Those who understand leadership will always be the first to set an example and then instruct others to make sure they are doing it right. This is what you look for in someone who understands leadership!

It is not enough to be made a leader. There are many people today who have been put in leadership roles, but do not understand true leadership. They are constantly butting heads with those who are under them, as well as those who are over them. Those who understand leadership will not only be good leaders, but they will also be good followers.

Jesus was a good leader. He led His disciples by example. When He washed the disciples’ feet, He said:

For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15 NKJV)

Jesus wanted His disciples to imitate Him. He wanted them to act just like Him!

Jesus said:

A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.” (Matthew 10:24-25 NKJV)

Jesus loved His disciples with an unconditional love. He wanted them to love one another in the same way. That is why He said:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34 NKJV)

Jesus loved them and accepted just the way they were. He wanted His disciples to love and accept each other in the same way. We also need to learn from His example!

Jesus also wanted them to do the works that He did. That is why He said:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also.” (John 14:12 NKJV)

Jesus sent His disciples out two by two to do the very works that He did. They healed the sick and cast out demons. When Jesus said these words to them, He was not saying it for their benefit – they were already doing the works of Jesus! He said those words for the benefit of those who would believe in Him through their ministry. He expected those who believed in Him to also do the same works He did. Pretty amazing, don’t you think?

Good leaders expect others to follow their example! The Apostle Paul was a good leader. He wrote:

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NKJV)

He wanted those who followed him to imitate him, so that they would be like Christ. He wanted people to imitate the Christ-like qualities in him, so that they would be just like Jesus. He wanted them to love one another like Jesus, and he wanted them to do the works that He did. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

“The things that you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9 NKJV)

As good leaders, it is important to understand that people will imitate what they see us do, before they will imitate what we tell them to do. Eyes are always watching us. We need to be an example to others, and then they will respond more quickly to what we tell them to do.

In the same way, good leaders will always aim to duplicate themselves in those who follow them. If we fail to duplicate ourselves, we are not being a good leader.

Jesus was a good leader. He always sought to duplicate Himself in those who followed Him. That is why He said:

A disciple is not above His teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40 NKJV)

Jesus taught His disciples so that they would be just like Him. He said that when they were fully trained, they would be just like their Teacher. The reason He said that was because: Good leaders give birth to leaders.

Leaders usually have leaders above them and below them. A person who understands leadership, will support the leaders above them, and encourage and train the leaders who are below them. When we support the leaders who are above us, we strengthen their leadership. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

And we urge you, brethren,  to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their works sake.” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NKJV)

If we understand leadership, we need to first recognize those who are in leadership over us. Then we need to esteem them very highly in love. We do that by supporting their leadership, and by doing everything we can to strengthen them and encourage them. We need to also love them and accept them with unconditional love. That will help them be strong leaders!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Do you see yourself as a good leader? Do you lead others by your example? Let me know in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

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