Leadership is a Relationship
Leadership is a Relationship
Posted by: Josh Larrabee
Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:14-19; 1 John 2:3-6
Think back on a time when you were given a task. Chances are, the person who was delegating had a relatively good idea of who you were and what your skills were. Any good leader knows their people and sets them up for success. If they don’t know them, they take time to get to know them. On the flip side of that, you, as the person who is being entrusted to carry out a task, want to have confidence in the person assigning the task. We want to know that what we are being asked to do is something of value and that we are not wasting our time. We want to know our leader’s values and philosophies. We want to make sure that our beliefs for what needs to be accomplished are aligned. Without that, there will be constant friction. In their book The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner refer to leadership as a relationship. Relationships are not built on ambiguity and uncertainty. They are built on mutual interests and communication that goes deeper than surface level.
God calls us to extraordinary things, and these tasks are not something that we can do on our own strength or with our own ingenuity. We must have a leader who can model these things for us and help direct us when we get stuck or have questions or need clarity. God provided such a person in his son Jesus. As followers of Jesus, we are called upon to proclaim his name to the world and to tell people of his saving power. How are we to do that though if we don’t know the person we are following? Jesus was the ultimate leader who modeled what true leadership looks like in every way, especially the relationship aspect. He was accessible to all people and revealed who he was in a way that did not make him distant.
Jesus says in John 15:15, “all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” Jesus doesn’t hide himself or God; he wants to be known by us. In contrast to other religions, God is not someone who hides himself or is obscure. In demonstrating true leadership, he makes himself available to us. He wants to foster a relationship with us so that we might continue to know him and grow into a deeper relationship with him. Earlier in verse 15, Jesus refers to his disciples as friends. This is significant because it further establishes the notion that God wants us to know Him. Friends are friends because there is commonality. It is not one sided. One sided relationships always fail. God knows us intimately because he is the one who created us. But he wants that intimacy reciprocated in that we may know him deeply as well. We need to continue to grow in our relationship with God through reading the bible and praying. It is the most important relationship we will ever have.
Tuesday: Ephesians 2:10
Wednesday: Psalm 139
Thursday: Genesis 18:17-19
Friday: Ephesians 1:3-6
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