Leadership.9 Personified by Caleb H.
November 24, 2008, 7:30 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

Personify: a verb meaning “to represent a quality by a figure in human form”

If that’s the definition of personification, then it is safe to say that we as men have a model, an ideal, the perfect representation of leadership ever given to men by God…God himself, Jesus Christ.

Let me be clear on the purpose of this series on leadership. My goal is NOT that you would look to me, or a pastor, or your dad, or whomever, as your ideal picture of the ideal, biblical leader. Should we seek to learn from and be taught by others’ examples…absolutely. (Hebrews 13:7)

But, we just can’t hope to find the perfect example of leadership in human form, the personification of it, apart from Christ.

With that caveat in mind, let’s look at Jesus’ leadership.

How did Jesus lead? Through service. I could write on any number of biblical examples of this, but one in particular stuck out to me as a prime example of Jesus’ brand of leadership.

John 13

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

So, guys…are you ready to lead if that means leading the troops into battle? Or the civil disobedience club at school? Or your sports team to compete and be victorious? Ok.

But are you ready to lead by humbling yourself and putting other’s interests before your own? To lay down your time, giftings, preferences, and even life for those that you lead? Are you ready to stand for the truth of God’s word and testimony in the face of fierce opposition? Are you ready to put to death the misdeeds of the body, through the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, even when no one is watching? Are you ready to fight the fear of man and preach the good news of the gospel of Christ? This was Jesus example, and he clearly says, “Follow me.” (Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, etc.)

Men, let’s not forget that the reason that we drop the attitudes of apathy, the indulgence of our sinful nature, and the selfish ambition that once ruled and drove us, is that there is a better treasure, one of greatest price. It is worth selling all else that we have, in joy, to have this treasure…Jesus! He gave his righteous standing to you through faith, took on and exhausted the Righteous Wrath that your sins deserved, and now calls you to live a life that was radically different than the one that you once walked in, one that he lived perfectly.

Hebrews 12 puts it this way…

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

Guys, we have a Savior, an example, and a high-priest who sympathizes with our weaknesses (laziness, selfishness, pride) for he was tempted in every way that we are, yet he never sinned! His life’s ministry and work on the cross atones for your sin, credits you with free-righteousness, and now calls you to lead through service.

Let’s follow the example that he set for us, because of the ransom that he made for us, so that we might glorify his name through His work in us.


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I can’t agree that leadership is entirely or character trait. I think it is an unhealthy trend to view leadership soley in such a fashion. I think it is a gifting which is enhanced by one’s character. Moses, Gideon, among others were very weak in character but strengthened by God.

Comment by Dave M

Dave, I agree…Moses is a great example of God gifting a man for leadership. However, the point of this post wasn’t to nail down exactly how leadership, either as gifting or character trait, interact. Rather, it was that we have the perfect example of leadership in Christ.

Comment by Caleb H.

Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!!

Hey, I found your blog in a new directory of blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, anyway cool blog, I bookmarked you. 🙂

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