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A Template For Leadership

Day 280
Verse of the day

But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you.”

Judges 8:23

Have you been called to lead a Bible study group, to pastor a church, to lead a group of people in any way? If so, then let the words of Gideon serve as a template for your leadership.

Leadership that is being sought after for self-validation, gratification, or glorification, is being established on a wrong foundation and is destined to fail. Such leadership defeats its purpose, for the call to leadership is the call to selfless service and sacrifice – as exemplified by our Lord Jesus.

No leadership position is greater than the Lord’s; no leader has more followers than He does. Therefore, a leader at whatever level must subscribe to the knowledge that even he is a follower. This knowledge defines for him the purpose of his position. Instead of amassing followers to himself he seeks to make comrades of his followers, people who are being led by the Lord, people who are as strong as he is. This was David’s template of leadership when he made great warriors of 33 hopeless and destitute men, warriors who did greater exploits than himself in battle. This is also Christ’s template, making us all sons of the Father even as He is.

There is no better person to follow than someone who makes clear that he himself is a follower.

Who would you rather follow? Someone who has every assurance of heading in the right direction but may end up arriving at the wrong, or someone who admits that his only guarantee of success stems from him following the Lord Who can never be wrong?

And even in following a leader like the latter, be sure to follow one whose main objective is to cause you to be directly led of the Lord just like himself.

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Today’s Confession

Dad, may I never be led into leadership (or followership) for self-validation, gratification or glorification but may my pattern of leadership be built solely on the template that is Christ.

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