Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jesus' Leadership #19 Transparent and Visible

Jesus was God’s love made invisible: “[the Word] became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Jesus spoke out from the mountaintops; he did not mutter in the valleys. He spoke in synagogues, streets, gardens, and at every party he went to. He was not afraid to stand out in the crowd. When the Temple guards, uncertain of which man they were to grab, trying to arrest all the disciples, Jesus stepped forward and said, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Let these others go” (John 18:9). He was willing to be God’s lightning rod.

D. L. Moody was one of the greatest evangelists who ever lived. He drew crowds of tens of thousands of people every time he spoke. Once when someone asked him how he could be such a powerful speaker, he said, “Before I speak I just go out to an open place and say ‘Lord, set me on fire.’

A light should be set on a hill, not hidden under a bushel. Jesus was not a low-profile person.
He was visible.

How are you visible as leader?
What are some ways you could increase your visibility?

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jesus' Leadership #18 Boil It Down to Its Essence

The Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Summarize for us the laws of the prophets. Which law is the most important?” They expected to trick him, thinking he would surely misquote at least one of the thousands of laws and Scriptures that had accumulated up to that time. He looked at them and said, “The law boil down to this one: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul, and your neighbour as yourself” (paraphrased from Matthew 22:37). He distilled thousands of teachings, writings, and theories into one sentence. He boiled it down.

If people could understand their core values, they would save years of doubt, confusion, and misplaced energy as they try to find direction for their lives. Advertisers, for example, are paid to pare things down to their essence. Take the Nike advertising campaign. All of Nike’s factories, sales representatives, products, energies, costs, profits, and purpose were boiled down by their ad agency into three words: Just Do It! The agency created an award-winning and sales-increasing campaign based on three simple words (more examples such as Apple’s Think Different, L'OrĂ©al’s Because You're Worth It, and McDonald's: I'm Lovin' It).

The value of everything International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) stands for can be boiled down in one sentence: Students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ.

Leaders identify, articulate, and summarize the concepts that motivate others. Most important, they boil concepts down to an understandable idea. Jesus boiled it down.

If you have to boil down your message or vision or mission,
What would it be?

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Jesus' Leadership #17 Be Bold and Brave

Jesus did not mumble or whisper his message. He did not discuss for hours the safest approach for doing something. He did not go through countless committees to get permission to make a statement. He was bold.

Not most of the time, but there are times when he shouted and stomped, he flung tables and chairs, he cried and groaned. Everything he did made a statement about what he saw his mission to be. He crashed into people’s consciousness with deeds, attitudes, and actions that had never been done, seen, or even heard of before. One could say he used his very blood to paint his message. That was how bold he was.

Understanding that authority must be assumed within before it can be recognized externally, Jesus boldly took his authority. He did not wait for people’s approval. He did not wait until there was a cloudless sky. He flew his banner high and carried it on a day-to-day basis. He took the canvas of his life and painted a message big enough, bold enough and bright enough for everyone to see.

He walked into the temple as a 12-year-old and started teaching. He stormed into the temple as an adult and turned things upside down. He called a sin a sin and apologized to no one – not out of arrogance, but out of boldness and clarity.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was warned by his staff that his plans to end the Depression were too large, too costly and too rough. “Well,” he thundered, “maybe they aren’t perfect in every way. But, by God, we’ve got to do something!” His administration is credited with putting America back on its feet again. All because one leader was bold.

Jesus was bold.

When and what has it cost you in life not to be bold?

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