Follow My Example

One key biblical principle is that leaders must first do what they call others to do. A leader does not hang back waiting to see what others are doing and then follow them. A leader is out front, demonstrating how to live and act. A godly leader does not conform to the status quo but sets the standard for others to follow. A leader who follows Christ leads by example.

One way to demonstrate this is by placing a string on a table. When you pull the string, it will follow you. But if you push it, it bunches up and doesn’t move forward well. When it comes to leading people, things go much the same way. They need to follow a person who is out front and leading by example.

I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the Last Supper leading into our Easter communion service and Jesus exemplifies this.  Jesus, the greatest leader of all, took a towel and washed his disciples’ feet. When he finished, he said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” That’s leadership!

When it comes to leading, leaders must do it first. They are to lead the way in following Christ and in sharing Christ with others.

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