What type of a leader are you demonstrating? Are you one who forces their way? Are you one who demands their way? Are you one who throws the weight of your authority around? Are you one who lords it over others? Are you just trying to be the biggest? What is motivating you to live and act in such a way? Whose example are you following? Where did you learn this technique? Do you think it is serving you well?
Today’s reading starts by talking on this subject…
42And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever would be first among you must be slaveof all. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
–from Mark 10
Jesus confronts this behavior. He speaks of His way and His plan. We are to live lives of servant leadership! We need to be serving others! We need to put others ahead of ourselves! He provided the perfect example by coming as an innocent child and then giving up his life that we can be saved! He gave His life as the ransom for ours!
Today’s devotional (day 2) speaks to it this way:
Leadership isn’t about bossing people around and telling people what to do. Leadership is about stepping into a place that you are passionate about and sharing that vision with others. True leaders care about the people they’re leading and are concerned about their well-being. Great leaders will go through great lengths for the sake of their people.
So what kind of leader will you choose to be? To what length will you go for your people? Will you set your priorities straight?
Today’s reading continues on the topic of leaders and leadership. It speaks to the qualities of people who should or could be chosen into a position of leadership…
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
–from Titus 1
Character is an important part of leadership! They need to be blameless! They need to be faithful! They need to be good examples to others, especially their children if they have kids! They need to be honest! They need to be hospitable! They need to be loving what is good! They need to live wisely and be just! They must be self-controlled! They must be upright! They must live a disciplined life! They must be moral!
They must not be overbearing! They must not be arrogant! They must not be quick tempered! They must not be selfish! They must not be a drunkard! They must not be violent! They must not be dishonest, especially with money!
Being holy and devout are key elements too! Being a believer and follower of God’s way! Being able to encourage others as well in the way! Being able to defend the way! Being able to speak life into others who don’t believe!
Today’s devotional (day 2) puts it this ways…
Living out the calling God placed in your life isn’t just about doing stuff. It’s also about living a certain way. If you’re going to be a leader, people will be watching the way you live your life. Don’t just be an example by the things you do, be an example by the way you live. That will have a greater impact than you know. This passage lists what makes up a leader. Focus on that list. How well does it describe you? What things on that list do you need to work on? When you get those down, you’ll be in good standing with others.