Daily D – 2 Chronicles 10:7
2 Chronicles 10:7 The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.” (NLT)
2 Chronicles 10:10, 11 The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’” (NLT)
Great leaders serve. Poor leaders take.
Great leaders enrich others. Poor leaders enrich themselves.
Great leaders are humble. Poor leaders are arrogant.
Great leaders create trust. Poor leaders enforce control.
These lessons must be learned and taught again and again.
Every generation has to wrestle with these truths. Those who refuse to learn from the past, you may have heard, tend to make the same mistakes of those who have gone before them. Smart people learn from their mistakes. Wise people learn from the mistakes of others.
Today is Saturday. This is a day most folks look forward to all week long in part because we get to make our own decisions. No one is bossing us around. Well, maybe a spouse has a list of stuff to do ASAP. Otherwise, we can do whatever we want. The yard does need to be mowed. The garage does need to be cleaned out. The laundry does need to be done. But as soon as those things are finished, we can watch golf, baseball, and hockey, and eat junk and just relax.
Tomorrow is Sunday. We will learn about Jesus who knelt to serve, who, for our sakes, became poor, who humbled himself even to the point of putting on human flesh and dying on a cross, and who picked up his fallen followers and helped them begin again more intelligently. He was a great leader.
He still is.
If I want to become a great leader, I need to learn how to lead like Jesus.
I need to serve.
I need to invest in others.
I need to humble myself.
I need to create trust.
I will live this Saturday in the light of Sunday and the recognition that before I can lead others with integrity and authority, I have to follow the leadership style of Jesus at all times in everything I do.
Our Father, teach me how to lead like Jesus. Make me a servant leader. Empower me to invest in others. Remind me of the necessity of humility. Make me ever more trustworthy. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.