Leading Towards Life Change
One of the best ways to measure whether or not my life is successful is to consider the number of individuals who I have helped to become better people. A key question I have to ask myself is “What is the journey I am asking others to take with me?” When Jesus called the disciples to follow Him (see Matthew 4:18-20), it was an invitation that led toward life change. His offer to them was to change the core purpose of their lives. No longer would they be fishing for fish, but as a result of following Jesus, they would become fishers of men. While Jesus did not reveal to His disciples all of the steps that the journey would hold, He promised them up front that their lives would be forever changed as a result of following Him. We know now that Jesus kept his promise.
This must have been an amazing thing for them to hear. Before they met Jesus, they would rise each morning and naturally begin fishing. They would not even think about how to prepare the nets and load the boat. They knew exactly what time of day and where to find the fish. Just as fishing for fish was second nature for them, one day fishing for men would be so ingrained into who they were that they would just get up in the morning and begin fishing for men. This shift in purpose would eventually cost them their fishing business, but they gained abundant life in return.
The primary proposition of Lead Like Jesus is that Jesus was the greatest leader of all time. The basis of this statement is grounded not only in the divinity of Jesus, but that in His humanity He led others on a faith-filled journey that resulted in the spiritual transformation of His followers. This leaves me evaluating my leadership on this same basis – are those who are following me experiencing life change?
I would like to explore what kind of a leader it takes to lead toward life change. This is an important question because not all kinds of leadership will lead toward spiritual transformation. There are leaders who can get results, accomplish great tasks and even lead teams of others toward a common purpose. But if I lead in this way, and in doing so, no one’s life changes to be more like Jesus, have I really led at all?
Written by Karen McGuire