WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
“When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you.”
Mark 10:41-43 (NIV)
CHASING GREATNESS: TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, YOU HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT
Some time ago a new employee at a Wal-Mart had an unusual experience. The young man had just been at work three days and was the low man in the pecking order at the store. He was standing with a broom in his hand near the entrance when an irate customer came into the store. The customer had made a purchase that had not turned out satisfactorily and was coming back with a complaint. “Young man,” the customer growled, “I want to speak to someone with a little authority around here.” The new clerk looked around to the left and right and leaning on his broom said, “Well, sir, you might as well talk to me, I guess I got just about as little authority as anybody in this whole place.”
In Mark 10, the other 10 disciples come at Jesus like an irate Wal-Mart customer. But they don’t want to talk to someone in charge, they want to be in charge. Remember how they had been arguing over who was the greatest? (Mark 9:33-34) Now they find out that James and John have been jockeying for positions of authority without them. They all wanted authority and Jesus basically said, “power in my Kingdom is not like power in the world.” Although the secular authorities of the day were misusing power to use people, Jesus taught that the leaders in His Kingdom needed to be different to make a difference.
How would you say Jesus’ leadership style differs from the leadership styles we typically see in the workplace today? If you were to follow the leadership style of Jesus in your areas of responsibility, what would be your biggest challenges and fears? Talk to God about those challenges and fears and ask for wisdom and courage.