One of the subjects I enjoy studying is leadership.
What motivates people? What makes a “leader”? How can one become more effective as a leader, versus being a “manager”? These kinds of things.
Recently a group of men and I have been working through a leadership training program with one of our mentors, and one of the questions that came up was on the subject of being an authentic Christian leader. The author’s line of thought led him to Luke 6:40:
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Basically, the author’s point in mentioning this verse was this:
We become like the people we follow. Who are we following—and what are people becoming like when they follow us?
In Philippians 3:17-20, Paul addresses this very issue (in the context of spiritual authorities), writing:
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Who is worthy of our imitation?
Is there a person in our lives who we can look at and say, “Yes, I want to be like that”? [Read more...]