This past week, followers of Jesus remembered. We remembered the cost of our redemption. We remembered Jesus’ journey to the cross, His death, and His burial. And yesterday, around the world, believers gathered for Resurrection Sunday. A mighty worship of praise echoed among the nations yesterday on Easter Sunday. Our Redeemer lives!It is good for leaders to remember. Our life, our purpose, our eternity is all found in Jesus. Click To Tweet
It is good for leaders to remember. Our life, our purpose, our eternity is all found in Jesus. Here are a few things that hit me in a fresh way this year.
1. Pray again and again and again.
Jesus was in intense prayer in the garden. Not once, not twice, but three times. “After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.” (Matthew 26:44) As leaders, let’s up our prayer commitment. Let’s increase the intensity to pray over our work, our team, our mission. Let’s be willing to go to our knees three times or more if necessary.
2. Those closest to you will let you down.
I know you feel it like me each time you read about the disciples going to sleep. Not one time but three times! When Jesus asks Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with Me one hour? Stay awake and pray . . . ” (Matthew 26:40) and Peter goes right back to sleep. Sometimes, the people closest to us will let us down. Sometimes your leadership team will let you down. Even in those times when you feel the weight of leadership alone, you must and can still lead (and have grace for those who let you down).
3. Lead with compassion and mercy.
Even on the road to His death, even in His darkest hour, He had compassion for people. On the cross, He took care of His mother. (John 19:26-27) On the cross, he showed mercy to the criminals crucified with him. On the cross, He said “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) As a leader, make sure you see the people you lead. I mean really see them. Maybe our greatest leadership assignment is giving the people we lead grace.Maybe our greatest leadership assignment is giving the people we lead grace. Click To Tweet
4. Silence may be your loudest leadership voice.
I was struck again by the strength of Jesus’ silence. The shouting from the crowds, “Crucify! Crucify Him!” (Luke 23:21) and he did not respond. When the chief priests and elders accused Him, scripture said he did not answer (Matthew 27:12-14). In fact, Pilate was greatly amazed at his silence. Sometimes, the best thing you can say is nothing at all. Maybe it is in your silence that your leadership voice will be the strongest.
5. Lead with grace.
The law wasn’t sufficient. Not then, not now, not ever. Pure unmerited grace. Unearned. Undeserved. Grace. Freely given. Such amazing love. As you lead, never forget His grace for you so you will be able to give His grace to others.As you lead, never forget His grace for you so you will be able to give His grace to others. Click To Tweet
6. Lead like it is finished.
It is finished. Jesus said it was (John 19:30). The cross finished it for us. The price of sin has been paid. Complete. Beautiful. Unchallenged. Totally complete. The confidence and strength of leadership comes from this truth. There is nothing we can do or not do that will erase His completed work.
Today, we lead with the truth, the power, and the hope of the resurrection. Jesus is alive. Our Redeemer lives!Today, we lead with the truth, the power, and the hope of the resurrection. Jesus is alive! Click To Tweet
“Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”
How does the truth of the cross and the resurrection of Christ impact your life and leadership?