The Greatest Leader
There is no doubt that Jesus is the greatest leader to ever walk the face of the earth! Anyone that can pour their life into a bunch of fishermen and tax collectors (nothing against fishermen and IRS agents! Well maybe IRS agents.) for 3-years, hand them the keys to the Kingdom that’s being established, and see it grow stronger and stronger for 2,000 years is not a good leader but an INCREDIBLE LEADER! I guarantee you that not even Wal-mart or Chic-fil-a will be around in 2,000 years! Don’t panic…you won’t either!
How did Jesus lead so effectively that He was able to transfer the responsibility of furthering the Kingdom of God to 11 dysfunctional men? I believe the answer is found in Matthew 5-10. Obviously, I’m not covering every nuance of these scriptures in this blog but I do want to give a mile high view of what I see happening in these chapters. These chapters show us that in order to be effective in leading others we must do three things:
Matthew 5-7 is what is commonly referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount”. It is an accumulation of incredible teachings that Jesus gave to His followers. It contains teachings about the Kingdom of God and how we should live as children of God’s Kingdom. It covers topics such as anger, lust, loving your enemies, giving to the needy, storing up treasure in Heaven, the Lord’s prayer and many others. The Bible says that when He was finished teaching, the crowds were amazed because He taught them as “one who had authority”. (Matthew 7:28,29) Through His teaching Jesus was showing himself to be the Messiah, or “Anointed One”, of God. His disciples, including the twelve, took note and realized there was something truly divine about Jesus!
In Matthew 8-9 Jesus takes this transference of the Kingdom to another level! He begins to demonstrate that He is the Messiah. He heals the sick, touches lepers, calms storms, cast out demons, makes the lame walk, raises the dead, makes the blind see and the mute speak! It wasn’t enough for Jesus to talk a good game…He demonstrated it! He walked the walk and didn’t just talk the talk!
Finally, in Matthew 10 Jesus empowers His twelve closest disciples to go out and do what they had heard and seen! The Bible tells us that He “gave [the twelve] authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.” In other words He empowered them to duplicate His teaching and His way of life! The amazing thing is that this duplication has been happening for nearly 2,000 years! It hasn’t been perfect but it has been unstoppable just as Jesus said it would!
I really want to challenge the Church, those of us who claim to be followers of Christ, that we truly follow His way of life. That we would teach others about the Good News of God’s grace given to us through Jesus! That we would model Kingdom living before others as we demonstrate the love of Christ in our lives! (We’ve confessed one thing and lived another long enough!) And finally, that we would realize that we have been empowered through the Holy Spirit to carry God’s Kingdom forward! Remember…when we are part of the Body of Christ, the Church, we are an unstoppable force! Walk in confidence through the Spirit of God that is within you and proclaim through word and deed all that God has done!
SEE YOU SUNDAY!