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December 24, 2018

How to Lead Like Jesus

If you will imagine with me your boss doing your job. He has to write those tedious emails and lead meetings with your co-workers who don't always listen. What if he was the one who had to answer all those calls from unhappy clients and had to do all the heavy lifting. Instead of sitting at that desk in the corner office, he was out there loading boxes. What would you think about him? Your perspective would shift, right? There is something powerful when the powerful become powerless.

I had a new boss a few years ago. Around this time, I had to move into my studio apartment and my family wasn't able to help on move-in day. I appreciated my friends from church coming to help, but I won't forget the unexpected mover who showed up at my door. My boss of just a few months showed up with his van to help with the boxes. That small act of kindness set a tone for me as his employee. When he talked to me after that, I felt like he could relate. There is something to be said about a leader who comes to your level. It's like he's saying, "hey, I get it."

Two thousand twenty-three years ago, there was a baby born in a barn because, like everyone else at that time, his parents were traveling for a census brought about by their rulers. That baby was Jesus. God in flesh. He was 100% God and 100% human. He considered himself nothing according to Philippians 2:1-11.

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

The big picture found in this chapter of Philippians is unity. Maybe you're the boss. Maybe you have employees under you. Want to create a better work environment? Learn a little bit from Jesus. Don't be that lofty boss on the top floor. Relate. If you are in the mailroom, be encouraged.

John 15:15 says, "No longer do I call you servants, for the servant, does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my father I have made known to you."

Jesus is not another boss over you. He was found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient unto death for us. Someday you may have people under you and you can lead well because you know that to have unity you have to serve, becoming as nothing and being relatable. 

Jesus knew that he had to set an example of what it looks like to lead, and He did so in the form of a servant. He humbled Himself, becoming as if He were nothing. He came to our level so as to relate to us and to provide an example. He knew that there's something powerful when the powerful becomes powerless. 

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Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.

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That’s Real with Hannah Lynn gives a one-minute dose of encouragement and advice to young adults who want to love and live God’s Word. Her fast-paced mix of storytelling and Bible truth helps create understanding between young believers and anyone who wants to follow Jesus one day at a time.