Descending into Leadership —  August 23, 2012

Devotional for today- Descending into Leadership
Mark 10
Sometimes we see leaders as being “above” others. A true leader, descends. Jesus explained the characteristics of a true leader.
1. A godly leader is accessible. “10:35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” The request was the wrong one, but the disciples felt comfortable enough to approach Jesus with it. That was Jesus style. He was able to guide because he was accessible. No “ivory tower” leadership. He was always “in the midst”. As we can see later on in the passage, he was able to use this conflict causing request as a teaching moment.

2. A godly leader is different. “10:42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different.” The difference between godly leadership and worldly leadership is motivation. Boss vs leader. Lord over them vs love all of them. Establishing who’s in charge vs seeking to help. Over vs under. Both seek to lead, but not for the same reasons. Leader, examine your heart today. Why do you seek to lead?

3. A godly leader includes. 10:43 “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This was not self-serving leadership. This leadership style is willing to pay the ultimate price, for His team. Notice all the words: Servant, slave, everyone, serve, give, ransom, many. It was about the team. Not STAR leadership, but CONSTELATION leadership. That type of leader understands there is enough sky for ALL of us to shine.

Conclusion- am I leading the right way? For the right reasons?
Comments- as always, if you have any prayer requests, put them here I don’t just say I will pray for them, I actually do!

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