If you read my blog, have heard me speak, or have attended any Triune Leadership Services training, you know I look to Jesus as the Ultimate Model of servant leadership. I always enjoy being presented with new reminders and examples of this. This past weekend I was blessed with such an opportunity.
I attended “Celebrate the Child”, performed by Jonathan Swenson of Paraphrase Theatre at Mount Carmel Ministries. With Advent in full swing what an awesome way to get focused on the “Reason for the Season”. I was reminded of the meaning of the names of Jesus listed in Isaiah Chapter 9. These names are perfect examples of Jesus being the ultimate model of servant leadership.
Wonderful Counselor – Picture Jesus always there by your side, always available to talk to in any situation in your life. Celebrating with you in great times, comforting you in challenging and tough times, and providing direction when needed.
Servant Leader Reflections: How present are you with the people you are leading? Are you a good listener? Are you there for them when they need you?
Mighty God – Jesus does not promise that life will always be great. We will encounter many serious challenges that we cannot handle on our own. Some things may happen which we will never understand. But guess what, God promises to come down, and walk along side us during all times, good and bad. He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Servant Leader Reflections: Are you providing help and assistance when needed? Are you there to clear barriers, and create a positive environment? Are you in the trenches with your people?
Everlasting Father – A Father’s love! Nothing better than having a God that truly loves us at the core, no matter what. Can you feel Him embracing you? And when we fall short, he is there offering forgiveness.
Servant Leader Reflections: Do you truly love the people you lead? How are you doing at exhibiting the 8 behaviors of love – patience, kindness, humility, respectfulness, selflessness, honesty, forgiveness, and commitment, discussed in 1 Corinthians 13?
Prince of Peace – God gave his only Son so we could have peace. Jesus provides that peace because he reconciles our relationship to God. He came down to earth to pay the ultimate sacrifice for us, which provides a peace beyond our understanding.
Servant Leader Reflections: Do you provide a sense of calm to your team? Do you keep them focused on things that really matter and not get bound up in a knot over those things that don’t? Do you take responsibility?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always score well on these questions. If we are honest, none of us do. We can’t on our own. Servant leadership is hard. We know and understand what we should be doing, but we often do the opposite. Thank goodness Jesus came to earth to show us first hand how we should lead. All things become possible with Him in our life.
Enjoy this Advent Season as you look to Jesus coming and ask Him to help you lead as He did as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.