Where do you draw your strength?
By Barry Werner
Jesus is the only perfect leader the world will ever know. Read the book of John (3 chapters a day will get you through it in one week).
The book of John has a wealth of Jesus’ stories and teachings, many not found in Matthew, Mark or Luke. The book of John may be the simplest of the four Gospels and the book of John is full of insights into leadership principles and their applications. Boiled down to one divine message John’s message might be that: “God grafts leaders into Jesus so they might draw strength from Christ Himself.” John 15 even talks about Jesus as the vine and us as the branches.
How often do Christian leaders work within their own strength, wisdom and understanding when they have the greatest source of strength, wisdom and understanding willing to empower their leadership?
The following are just a few of the many leadership principles from John:
- No leader is an island.
- The very power of God is available to leaders.
- There is danger in denial.
- Godly leaders must first submit to God, and then serve others.
- Effective leaders build relationship with those they lead.
- Wise leaders do not judge by outward appearances.
- Leadership requires courage, even the courage to vary from accepted standards.
- Developing people is a leader’s greatest assignment.
- The truth always serves a leader well no matter the cost.
In the book of John leaders will learn that not only is Jesus the only perfect leader, He is also the only pathway to salvation. The new life Jesus offers provides leaders with an eternal perspective for their life. John 1:12-13 The Living Bible says, “…But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become Children of God.
All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn!—not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—but from the will of God.” Through relationship with Jesus, leaders can stay connected to Jesus and have access to His wisdom, understanding and strength.