Last night, I was busily staring up at the moon while I and the youth leaders in our church were waiting for our pastor to come back. I overheard two of of my leaders talking.
Kuya Nei: How about those people who feel depressed? Those who feel hopeless?
Kuya Sey: They just forget that God loves them, and that their identity is in Christ. However, though they forget that, God will always love them. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither principalities or powers can ever separate us from the love of God.” We just have to remind ourselves that always.
Kuya Nei: So that’s why Paul said in the Bible, ‘Come back to your senses.’
Kuya Sey: Yeah, ‘Come back to your senses.’
This conversation is non-verbatim, but that’s just about how their conversation went. God is love, and God is powerful. Therefore the love of God is powerful. I believe that it can transform lives, we just have to spread it. (By the way, ‘Kuya’ means ‘big brother’ in Filipino)
All of us are leaders on our own simple ways. If you can influence other people is a sign that you are a leader. If you can persuade them to go to a direction, if you can make them believe that what you say is true, if you can spark a change in them, then you are a leader. We, as Christians, are meant to be leaders; but the leadership Jesus showed for us to follow is more than just influencing people. What He has done is the kind of leadership far from what the world’s standard of what a leader is.One key factor of a good leader is learning how to be humble despite his/her position.
Jesus displayed humility even when He knows He has power He was a King but He lived as a human in that world that persecuted Him. He knew He was the Son of the Most High, but He took our place on the cross. Jesus displayed humility even to those who will betray Him He knew that Judas would betray Him, that Peter would deny Him, and that Thomas would doubt; but He washed their feet anyway. Jesus did not just lead, He served. He acted in humility despite His power.
This is the kind of leader Jesus expects us to be. This is why we’re called Christians - we are follower of Christ. Serving God is not just about popularity. We lead to serve God and our fellows.
This post is inspired by the series in our Church. :)