Distinguishing truth from falsehood challenges people in positions of authority for several reasons: • Subordinates often pursue personal agendas. Some might filter the truth to further their own goals. • Subordinates often hesitate to tell their superiors bad news. • Subordinates may be reluctant to voice ideas or opinions that they think that their boss
When Jesus’ disciples quarreled over who among them was greatest, He called their attention to His new style of assessing importance. He told them that attaining greatness required becoming a slave. Leading would mean taking the role of a servant. Jesus’ own example shows us what servant-leadership looks like: • We are called by God
When Paul outlines the qualifications for leadership within the church, every checkpoint has to do with character. God seems far more concerned with personal integrity than with education, eloquence, or personal charisma. Without question, the standards are high. But that does not imply that church leaders necessarily have better character than any other Christian. God
Effective leaders appreciate the value of celebrating momentous things that God has done. When a task is completed, results achieved, or people served, they make time to rejoice. When the people finished the wall, Nehemiah launched a celebration (Neh. 8:1, 10). Ezra led off by reading from the Law—the motivation behind Nehemiah’s mission. The words
Business literature is cluttered with how-to books profiling famous people who achieved success through power, ambition, and manipulation. The Roman empire was similarly dominated by dynasties guilty of tyranny, greed, and violence. Jesus modeled a style of leadership that was entirely unique in both His time and ours. His methods are free of distortion and
Moses learned what countless leaders throughout history have discovered: life is hard at the top. Lacking water, the people complained bitterly to their leader as if he had caused the situation or had the power to fix it. This incident reminds us that our correctly exercising authority does not guarantee that others will treat us
The Jewish Christians to whom the Epistle to the Hebrews is addressed were demoralized and discouraged. Christianity had proven difficult for them. It was radical. It set aside centuries of tradition. It emphasized a new but troubling kind of spiritual freedom. In short, it incurred the wrath of the Jewish religious establishment.