I was in a leadership retreat setting with some key leaders from our organization recently, and we started with a reflective discussion based on the question, “What would Jesus do if he was running our organization?” The answer, as it happens, could change my life…
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…
The answers came pretty fast:
He wouldn’t have so much self-doubt in his decisions (or any, for that matter).
He wouldn’t second guess himself.
He would put people before task.
He would rely more on faith and less on sight.
He would step out of situations more often to pray and ask his Father for guidance.
He wouldn’t have to take the ferry to get across the water…
We could keep going. It was a very reflective and insightful time – particularly because two other insights came to light:
The discussion prompted me to consider how Jesus would live my life differently that I am living it. And frankly, I could use a little more of the list above in my own life. Probably you too.
The second insight is that Jesus came to be crucified. He lived his life in such a manner as to progress toward the very pointy end of the stick:
Jesus knew that he had to be the most famous, most merciful, most unreligious, provocative man of his time so that the leaders of the day would target, arrest, try, convict, and execute him. His mission was to be the sacrifice for our sins on the cross.
That part of Jesus’ mission is not an example of how I am to lead my organization or church or family. I am not trying to get anyone arrested or killed. Which means I don’t necessarily want to provoke the authorities. I probably need to be a bit more tolerant and less aggressive with those who differ from me. Why?
Our role is to make disciples out of as many people as we can. Jesus wasn’t discipling the religious leaders of his day. He was provoking them and calling them out. That was his job and is less my job (there are times, but some of us are making this our life’s mission to call people out and it’s overkill).
Reflect on what this might mean for your life and job. What would Jesus do in your shoes today?