Jesus led people—not by force of power—but in the power of love. Centuries later, He is still influencing people. He didn’t become powerful and influential by clawing His way to the top, using people, degrading or denigrating others. He could have snuffed out the lives of His critics, created wealth for Himself, delivered Himself from being crucified, etc., but He chose not to use His power in this way. Instead, He lived in the power of love. He submitted Himself in love and became a vulnerable baby. He was innocence—born into the hands of sinners. Like all great leaders, He asks nothing of us that He, Himself, has not already done.

The Bible says: “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2) Do we aspire to lead? If so, what is our goal? Is it our own greatness, security, glory, posterity or wealth? Unless our goals are eternal—our struggle is wasted because what we accomplish will quickly fade away as we do. So, we must force ourselves to assess what we’re doing. Think about yesterday—did the majority of what we accomplish have an eternal purpose? Our life is a priceless gift. While we can’t change yesterday, we can change today.

When we choose to live our life in the love of God, our daily routine blossoms with eternal purpose.

To live in His love, we must know Him. When we know Him, we lead as He did. This baby born in a humble manger is the greatest leader we will ever know. Know Him well. He has given us the gift of life. George Washington Carver, who was born a humble slave said: “What you are is God’s gift to you; what you make of yourself is your gift to God.” When we know God, we develop the great gifts He placed inside us! To know Him, we must seek Him like we pursue the deepest desire of our heart!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE . 

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