The essence of our sinful nature, “Adam-in-us,” must be put to death to make room for Jesus to live in and through us.
This realization fosters our deep dependency on God and helps us shed our earthly desires. For a leader to reach their full potential, they must follow Jesus’ example and embrace the hardships that come with it, including taking up their own cross. This requires us to sacrifice and let go of things that we believe to be vital but are not, and that can be a daunting task.
To live in the paradox of forgiving our perpetrators, of dying to live, of praying for our enemies, of blessing those that curse us, of walking a second mile even though only one mile was asked, is not for the faint-hearted leader. However, through God’s grace and spending time in His presence, we can grow into embracing this way of life.
The Jesus way of leadership is different from what the world teaches, and we must turn to Him often for guidance. It requires courage and a willingness to shift our paradigms, but it’s absolutely worth it.
Many paradigm shifters and pioneers throughout history have paid with their lives, and it won’t be any different for us. Therefore, we must not waste our suffering. Instead, we should allow it to shape us into God’s version of ourselves and bring life to those who look up to us.
By showing them Jesus, who died for us to live, we can live life to the fullest. In the end, even if we lose everything, as long as we have Jesus, we have everything we need.
So, as a question to ponder, when we lose everything, but we haven’t lost Jesus, have we lost anything?