I love leadership. It’s one of the reasons I started this blog some 6 years ago, but there are times I think leadership is overemphasized and overdone especially when it comes to living as a follower of Christ.
We are followers first, disciples of Jesus before anything else. My desire to be a leader is only developed with my willingness to obey Him as a follower. As I glance across the leadership landscape in “Church World” I see the issue of lordship truly lacking. Healthy leadership always springs forth from a place of surrender. There is no way around it, or anyway to become a leader without becoming a servant first.
The word lordship often carries the stigma of a heavy handed God, watching from afar, waiting for us to make a mistake so that he can bring the necessary and often harsh disciplinary action to correct us. This distorted picture couldn’t be further from the truth.
Lordship reveals who I belong to, who is ultimately making the decisions in my life and who is directing my steps. When Jesus is Lord of my life, He alone enables be to lead at a higher capacity that is often times limited by my insecurity, lack of wisdom and ability to trust Him.
- Leadership says, “this is who I am.” Lordship says “this is whose I am.”
- Leadership says, “this what we’re going to do.” Lordship says, “this is what He’s said to do.”
- Leadership says, “we got this.” Lordship says, “He’s got this.”
We need more leaders surrendered first to the fundamentals of lordship, than the principles of leadership. When Jesus is Lord he will cause us to thrive as we lead.