By Major Joanne Holz
In this season of Lent we are reminded that the King of the Universe CAME DOWN in order to fully reconcile man and God. He did not just begin this process when He sent His Son as a baby. The entire witness of Scripture is that God has continually “come down” to man, inviting man to enjoy Him, to participate with Him and to reflect Him.
Coming down is not just geography! It was an unselfish act of love. Jesus did not find it necessary to grasp fame or fans. He effected “leadership through a balance of mercy, grace and justice” (Charry, 1999). “He emptied Himself—self-gift, self-donation, taking on the form of a bond-servant, spending Himself on behalf of others in self-emptying love and service” (Cummings, 2004; Keating, 2006). And Robbins notes: “by His actions, Jesus models and represents ‘the holy person par excellence’” (1996).
This season reminds of us of the humility of Jesus. It also gives us a model for leadership. Juxtaposed against His coming down is our pride. Lent reminds us of the God-ordained idea of work as service to others (worship). We often worship the work and count on it to ‘make something of ourselves.’ However, leadership is a loving act of service to the body of Christ.
We are called as leaders to walk into personal excellence as Jesus did. When we do not pursue Christian excellence we often lead from a posture of personal exaltation. God exalted Jesus. God infills and raises leaders.
God often ‘comes down’ to man today through other believers. The Holy Spirit moves through people. For believers who aspire to lead, Philippians 2 is a wonderful model of authentic leadership where pursuit of excellence replaces personal exaltation. The Body of Christ is increasingly healthier when led in this way.
(This article based on an article Sharon Norris wrote and published on Inner Resources for Leaders)