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Confession: I’m a pastors kid.

Okay, so maybe being a pastors kid isn’t a crime, but it often feels like it might as well be when I tell people that I was, in fact, born to a pastor. Being the son of a music minister, I’ve always viewed and been viewed by the church from the spotlight—center stage—often literally.

From this position, I’ve seen many leaders at their best/worst times, and one sin constantly and consistently pokes it’s head in—a sin that many in a position of leadership struggle with: pride.

I’ve worked for and with many different leaders, and I prefer the latter. They were those who got down with the rest of us to do the dirty work; they were those who would admit their own faults; those who would help with the heavy lifting; those who would put the needs of others before their own; those who didn’t expect anything more.

Pride comes easily to those in a position of leadership, especially when viewed as a position of power or authority. It’s easy for a king to see his subjects as lower than himself—of course, that’s when one views himself as king. Even Jesus—the king of kings—viewed himself as a servant.

The best leaders I know are those who would help me with the hard job; people who help with the heavy lifting or the dirty-work—and most importantly, people who are happy to do these things. Of course, not all leaders are able to be with their team. A coach doesn’t play the game, but at the same time, the best coaches work with their team every step of the way from training to end game.

I’ve often used The Message paraphrase. While an accurate translation would be more fitting for everyday use, The Message really speaks for itself. On that note, I’ll leave you with 1st Peter 5:1-5 as found in The Message:

“I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.

When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for—

God has had it with the proud,

But takes delight in just plain people.

 

1 Matthew 10:42-45

2 Also found in James 4:6.