A. Establish Dominance
B. Fail to give benefit of the doubt to others
C. By-pass the importance of dignity
D. Ditto with regard to respect
E. Knock you down a size so you know your place
F. Act pretentious
G. Make sure to show reserve in most situations
H. Take the fun out of work and life
I. Force you to fit a certain mold to gain His approval or love
J. Withhold said approval and love
K. Keep track of wrongs
L. Make you prove yourself over and over again
M. Focus on rules more than love
N. Fail to be approachable
O. Command instead of Communicate
P. Fail to give praise
Q. Refuse to edify others
R. Exert instead of convert
S. Tell instead of teach
T. Minimize the importance of inspiration
U. Overemphasize performance
V. Accept only the “acceptable.”
W. Rule versus lead and love
X. Fail to see and encourage humor
Y. Never Rest
Z. Steal Your Joy
Answer? None of the Above!
It’s really not a question of what would Jesus do…it’s about what He did and does do. There is no question at all that first and foremost, we are to be servants to others – especially those under our care.
If you are a leader of some kind, whether a pastor of a church, a volunteer for a youth group, a big boss at work, or even a parent or a friend/mentor, Jesus expects nothing less that servant leadership from you.
It’s not hard to find the ways to go about this – scripture is absolutely full of the ways Jesus models this for us. But it does start with the heart.
WDJD? What does Jesus do? For me? For you?
Once we wrap our minds and hearts around that, and fail to forget it, we then can do the same for others.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not
because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not
greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to
you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you
will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” 1 Peter 5: 2-4