Leading As a Follower


John 5:19 “Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”


If Jesus followed, how much more should we humble ourselves to follow?


I once had a conversation that started with a question asking: “would you call yourself a leader or a follower?” This question has stuck in my heart to this day because in that moment I knew that I never wanted to be a leader that wasn’t willing to follow. First and foremost a leader that follows Jesus. Secondly, that I would never grow complacent in my own understanding and that I will always have a heart posture of teachability. I want to never be too proud to serve and respect authority as well as serve those around me.


The God of this universe, the creator of heaven, was known for his service. Matthew 20:28 tells us that Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. Being a leader doesn’t mean that I don’t serve. Being a leader means I need to be an example of how to serve by the way that I serve and love others.


So many times I think as we grow to become leaders we can think that others should serve and tend to us. As if they owe it to us to be obedient to us. But that’s just not true. Our job is not to develop followers of ourselves, but followers of Jesus. And we do this by showing them how we pursue Jesus. We encourage them in where they are being obedient to God and where we see their gifts flourishing. We do this by empowering others to see Jesus within themselves and encouraging them to seek him. We cannot feed people our faith and have them live off of our faith. We have to guide them to have their own faith and own relationship with God.

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