Jesus' Org Chart

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

"My research debunks the myth that many people seem to have…..that you become a leader by fighting your way to the top. Rather, you become a leader by helping others to the top.    Helping your employees is as important, and many times more so, than trying to get the most work out of them."   William Cohen (The stuff of heroes. "The Eight Universal Laws of Leadership")    

 

James and John were not nicknamed the "Sons of Thunder" for nothing. They had ambitious personalities and hoped to hold  prestigious  slots on  Jesus' corporate organizational chart.  They asked Jesus if they could be one vice president to the right and one to the left in Jesus' home office (Mark 10:37).

 

Jesus flat out told them they, "…did not know what they were asking (Mark 10:38)." In Jesus' organization that was emerging in the world there is no climbing to the top without serving from the bottom. Ultimately Jesus told them "… he came not to be served but to serve (Mark 10:45)."

 

I hear the term quite often today "servant leadership".  When it is used in the corporate world I am not sure everyone assumes that this teaching is of Jesus.  What I do know is that followers who understand that their leader desires to serve them gravitate toward that leader and desire to follow for they know the leader truly has their interests at heart.

 

To be a servant leader is not easy.  It was not easy for Jesus.  James and John obviously struggled to understand what Jesus had in mind . The missionary Doctor to Africa Albert Schweitzer in Men of Integrity said, "Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes happier."  May you enter into the hard that you might find greater happiness this day and always.

 

Still in one peace,

 

David J. Jensen

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