The mantra for leadership in recent years has been that we are leaders in some aspect of life. True leadership begins within, with a commitment to excellence of thought, passion and action. The underlying truth being that we must be disciplined and to be disciplined we must know and accept the characteristics of the discipline. John D. Rockefeller said it well:
"Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people."
If this be the true test of leadership, and I believe it is, then Jesus Christ is without question the greatest leader of all time and eternity. His character is flawless, for even Pilate testified, “I find no fault in this man.” All other leaders have their flaws.
The poor leader whines “If I had…” The list is endless. Christ used, and uses, those who are willing and available. When a man or woman, even a young person, meets the first two requirements of willing and available, Christ, via the Holy Spirit, equips the person to accomplish above his or her natural ability.
When the intelligentsia observed the followers of Christ they remarked in Acts 4:13,
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
They were average people doing the work of superior people. Christ works the same today.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly