Leadership: Jesus style
That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:19-23
When I sat down with this passage I had a completely blank mind, absolutely no thoughts. I kept reading, praying that God would reveal his will, curious. Usually I have an inkling, some notion or idea.. but this time nothing. Good. God often works wonderfully with a blank canvas. Then I recalled a conversation I had earlier today with one of my amazing volunteers for the ministry I founded and head up, Global Scope Ministries, and I started to think about the wonderful work all the 18 volunteers are doing to oversee this growing and significant online ministry through various pages on Facebook. And I thought about my role as a leader and then I realised that I was reading an awesome and rich passage on leadership.
The first leadership lesson from the passage is : Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord! Absolutely central to my faith is the fact that Jesus died on the cross. This is eternally enormous news. He didn’t just talk about persecution and pain, he experienced it – completely. In the same way I as a leader need to be where the most difficult decisions are, ready to lead amidst the action and not from a distance. When I started The Bible page, I was it, just me diligently posting scripture each day. And that hasn’t changed, across my pages, even though I have an awesome team helping, I still stay involved, still active at the grass roots of the ministry.
The second teaching comes from verse 21: As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you. Jesus knows that his authority comes from God. One of the traps of leadership is believing that I have lots of authority, that I am somehow the source of my ability. But actually regardless of title or position, or my training, my true authority comes from God and I need to never forget that. As a leader I need to rely way more on God and not on my own skills and abilities. Yes God gives me those abilities, but I have to keep front and centre that God gave them to me.
It then reads: As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven. I love this!! Jesus encourages us to get out there and get on with it! As a leader I need to make sure that my team have the authority and resources to get on with doing their jobs as effectively as possible. I need to release them, to get out the way so they can do all they are called for. But again, not through my authority, but through the authority given by God, powered by the Holy Spirit.
Praise God for this awesome passage!!
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