The character of a person is revealed by the way they handle power. A leader who must use force or angry words to demand respect—has likely not earned it. Jesus was the most powerful human who ever walked upon earth; yet, He didn’t demand respect or throw His Almighty power around–He led by example. There was nothing He asked others to do that He wasn’t willing to do Himself. He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John‬ ‭10:11‬) Most of His recorded words reflect wisdom and love—not force or anger. In the few instances recorded in the Bible when we see His anger, it was against the hypocritical or the charlatans who were leading His people astray.

Jesus never used His position of authority for personal gain or to manipulate people. His goals were higher than personal gain. He was doing His Father’s business. His works were a testament to His Father and made a powerful statement about Himself. He said, “The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me.” (John‬ ‭10:25‬b) What He was doing for His Father spoke volumes about Himself! Wow! There is not a more powerful way to live than to live representing Almighty God.

As children of God, we are called to be like Christ.

Whatever leadership position we’ve been given—employer, parent, politician, teacher, etc., is an opportunity to lead by Christ’s example. Like Him, our works and words may bear witness of our Father. He is the ultimate authority and when we are completely submitted to Him—our life isn’t about ourselves. Then, we learn to lead in humility. We know our power comes from God and that He holds the very breath in our lungs. When we live for God, we live in His power!

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