Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Leadership


Leadership, originally uploaded by jus4you2see.

Entitled "Leadership"

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Taken in SouthBank Parklands, Brisbane Australia.

"Just pondering about the things that are happening around and about myself and I got inspired by this snapshot of the wonderful formation flying team that was performing during the RiverFire Festival 2007. 'Leadership', I believe this can be quite a daunting word for most of us (or perhaps just myself) to swallow at times during our lives, causing us to even take a step back, look around perilously at the person beside you with thoughts of 'Why Me?' in mind, and think twice before choosing to step forward. I almost for certain that all of us would have at least been once in such a situation, and felt that way about it."

"John C. Maxwell, an American author, speaker and 'leadership expert' has quoted this statement in his writings, "The first step to Leadership is Servanthood." Some may wonder, 'What is servanthood?' It may be described as 'to be a person in the service of another'. 28"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.” Matthew 20:28 (NLT) Jesus Christ, our Saviour King, who is seated on the right side of the throne of our Father and LORD God, is called the Son of Man in the Bible. He has come to earth not willing to be served by anyone, but to be the servant of everyone."

Examples of Jesus leading in action:
1) Ability and Determination to teach the disciples - Jesus taught and discipled all of His twelve disciples that originate from different walks of life, with different strengths and weaknesses. From a fisherman to a tax collector as well as others with various backgrounds. He was able to fellowship with all of them and to understand and accept them despite of all their iniquities. As well as to bond them together with unity.
2"These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him." Matthew 10:2-4 (NIV)

2) Love and Compassionate Heart for His people - Jesus' heart was so filled with compassion and love to reach out to those in need of His help and healing. As well as to teach and guide those who are like lost sheep and in need of help and directions in their lives.
14"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick." Matthew 14:14 (NIV)
32"Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way." Matthew 15:32 (NIV)
34"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things." Mark 6:34 (NIV)

3) Boldness and Confidence in His Actions - Jesus was not afraid of the magnitudes of oppressors and people everywhere who were trying to harm or plot to kill Him. Yet He still executed the 'right things' to get the 'things right'. In Matthew 21:12, Jesus portrayed this character traits when He went into the Temple to drive out those who were fouling the temple courts with unscrupulous commercial interests.
12"Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13"He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” Matthew 21:12-13 (NLT)

With such great Humility, Love, Passion and Compassion, Boldness, Confidence and along with the other numerous characteristic in the Bible of how great a Leader He was and still is, Jesus has truly exhibited to be one of Great 'Servant' Leadership quality. Let us all pray and desire to be more Christ-like in our ways and rejoice for what He has done for all of us. Let us all continue to fulfil the Great Commission that He has set for us, and to achieve the Vision that He give to all of us.

Amen.

"Being in Leadership does not only mean to be in Leading of others, but by the Leading of yourself in your own life First." Anonymous

2 comments:

Joel Tay said...

Nice article on leadership.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Impresive article, learn alot from this leadership article. Thanks alot, Bro!!

Jerry