“But now Christ has come back from the dead. He is the very first person of those who have died to come back to life. Since a man brought death, a man also brought life back from death. As everyone dies because of Adam, so also everyone will be made alive because of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 GW
Is real leadership about always being first or in control? Not necessarily.
A good leadership strategy often involves giving others a problem to solve and allowing them to research it, brainstorm about it and develop strategies to solve the problem and not doing it for them. It helps foster ownership and pride in the organization among those who work there as well as mentoring them to take on higher leadership positions in the future. That’s always been hard for me, though I’m working at it. But it seems to be a strategy God uses quite a bit!
When he created the world, he made man to manage it. He let Adam name the animals and take care of the garden where he lived. Then God gave him the responsibility to populate the earth with human beings who would love and serve God in the same way. If Adam had succeeded, this world would be a much different place than it is today. But Adam failed and sin became a part of our DNA, causing spiritual and physical death. His failure effectively separated us from God.
God stepped in to give the solution to the problem of death and sin by sending Jesus in human form, yet being every bit divine in his nature. He was the only one who could effectively reverse the damage caused by Adam’s failure and remove sin from our DNA.
But even after his intervention, God didn’t just take control of the situation and run things with an iron fist. He never said, “Oh you stupid human beings! You can’t do anything right.”
He reverted back to his original strategy. He personally mentored 12 disciples for three years, then gave them the responsibility to take his message to the ends of the earth and to “birth” more disciples without his physical presence. He didn’t solve the how-to-do-it problem, but he did give them tools, instructions and special help in the form of the Holy Spirit to carry out his plans. He allows us to “mess up” and turns each mistake into a practical lesson for the future, thus making us very much alive and growing in him.
Thank you Lord for dying for me, and especially for giving me an exciting, opportunity to live and grow with you! Amen.