On this anniversary of the terrorist attack that occurred on September 11, 2001, my thoughts go back to the first responders who rushed towards the Twin Towers and the Pentagon even though the buildings blazed with fire. These men and women did not hesitate to place the lives of their fellow Americans before their own. We can learn about leadership from their example.
Good leaders place the needs of others first.
Paul wrote about this attitude in his letter to the church in Philippi. He stated, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (CSB)
This concern for others extends to the lengths leaders are willing to go to reach people with the gospel. Where are we not willing to travel? Are we willing to experience discomfort to reach people? Will we put our lives on the line so that others can receive the life-giving news of Jesus Christ? Gospel-centered leaders set the example by being willing to do whatever it takes within biblical boundaries to share the love and hope of the gospel.
Leaders also show this concern for others in how they interact with other members of the body of Christ. In humility, they sacrifice their preferences to serve the needs of others. They give of their time and energy to minister to their brothers and sisters in Christ.
In placing others first, leaders set examples for others in the church to follow. They motivate them to sacrifice for the sake of the gospel. Their sacrificial love encourages others in the church to follow their example in placing others first.
So, what type of leader are you? Are you willing to place your life on the line for others to hear the gospel? Will you sacrifice your time and personal preferences to minister to others?
Such sacrifice reflects the sacrificial love of Christ. Such sacrifice is how leaders can lead like Jesus.