The Leader People Follow —  September 15, 2012
Devotional for today- The Leader People Follow

Mark 2

It seemed that everywhere Jesus went, a crowd gathered. What kind of leader was Jesus? Here are three of his characteristics I want to emulate.

1. Jesus valued innovation. 1:4 “Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Destruction of property. Interruption of a religious service. Inconvenient request. Questionable method. Instead of chastising, he affirmed and healed. Do you affirm innovation in your circle of influence? Is it better to “follow the schedule” or to heal a man?

2. Jesus valued relationships. 1:15 “While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.” Jesus

had time to sit an eat. It wasn’t all preaching, healing, and traveling. It was at these gathering that they went deeper. It is not just important to grow bigger, relationships need to grow deeper. Who are spending quality time with?

3. Jesus valued grace. 1:27 “Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Grace as he forgave the paralytic. Grace as he ate with tax collectors and sinners. Grace in his attitude towards spiritual disciplines. Grace in his Sabbath observance. That grace rubbed the Pharisees the wrong way. That did not change his grace orientation. Grace will always have it’s critics, but grace will always result in changed lives, and that is what we are after.

Conclusion- This week, be like Jesus. Value innovation, relationships, grace.

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