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Leading Like Jesus

ThankYouJesus2 Recently, I did some training on Leading Like Jesus while meeting with leaders from Central Asia. One delegate came up after a session with tears in her eyes and said, “We have only known the ‘Pharisee-way’ in our churches. We thought it was right because everyone used this method. Now we see a different model. This is so freeing.”

We remain amazed at how the Spirit regularly brings repentance when leaders see themselves in the Pharisees and ‘see’ what Jesus thinks of it. They often go through some brokenness in how they have failed Jesus as leaders. This often results in a heart to follow His model.

We praise Him for His patience with us as we seek to more closely align ourselves with His ways.

Following Him,
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I’ve Got Your Back (Guest Post)

Praying you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. Here’s another guest post by a friend of mine, Bill Mann. Have a wonderful new year! – Stacy.

I’ve Got Your Back (Abridged)
Lessons on mentoring from the story of David and Jonathan
By Bill Mann

1. Every David needs a Jonathan
2. Jonathan’s loyalty to David was intentional

There are a couple more lessons to take away from the story of Jonathan and David.

3. Mentors take risks for their friends. Jonathan took risks – he was almost killed himself, and he risked his relationship with his father, and his reward for his actions was that he lost the right to inherit the throne  from Saul. As Jesus said in John 15:13, there is no greater love than one who is willing to lay down his life for a friend. Jonathan was willing to do that, even if it involved risks to himself and his future.

In the same way, mentors can take risks with their friends by sometimes  giving them the “tough stuff” – telling them that their life or conduct is in  need of repair, or helping them figure out how to deal with an area of  their life that is weak or holding them back. Such advice can be invaluable. Sometimes we mistakenly think that ministry to another only takes place  in a church. We forget that most of the life of Jesus as reported in the  Gospels takes place outside a church or synagogue. Being a mentor is  really a ministry to your friends.

4. Mentors dispense grace to their friends. A mentor invests in his friends without an expectation of receiving any benefit. There is no quid pro quo involved. David was in little position to reciprocate with Jonathan by doing similar things in return, although I can imagine that he would have done the same for Jonathan if the situation had been reversed. That’s called grace – unmerited favor, which really is not earned. David did nothing to  deserve Jonathan’s favor. It’s a picture of what God does for us – grace is unmerited favor. We don’t get what we justly deserve. That’s what a  mentor does – a mentor invests in another’s life with no expectation of  personal gain, other than to help his mentee to be the best that he can be.

Do you have a Jonathan in your life? If not, who has your back? Take time to pray about finding a Jonathan or a David in which to invest in each other’s lives. It may be the best ministry you ever had.

Bill Mann

The Lord Ponders Our Heart

A guest post in honor of Mike Harrison, who was promoted into the presence of Jesus on September 10. Mike served as one of the founding team members of MentorLink Philippines and has mentored many Filipino leaders in the Toronto area. He was a regular devotional contributor to MentorLink’s weekly Prayer Update. We will miss his godly wisdom and articulate writing and insight. Please be in prayer for his wife and family.

The Lord Ponders Our Heart

heart reflection handleWe are much concerned with our outward appearance and demeanor before others. What will they think of me if I wear this outfit or perform in that way! The Lord, however, goes to the center of our being, our heart, and “ponders” or “weighs” the heart (Proverbs 21:2, 24:12), and searches (Jeremiah 17:10) the heart in order to “know” (Luke 16:15) the true self and motives behind what we do and say!

To ponder (consider) or weigh (evaluate) the heart indicates that the Lord is most concerned about that which is on the inside and not necessarily concerned with the outside! We remember the call and anointing of David, the youngest son of Jesse, as king of Israel. When asked by the prophet Samuel if Jesse had any more sons, Jesse said, just one watching the sheep! Samuel then made that significant statement, “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

Furthermore, the Lord searches (examines) our hearts: “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds” (Jeremiah 17:10). Thus the Lord “knows” the heart of man (Luke 16:15) and is most capable of judging our actions, deeds, and motives.

What does our Lord observe and see when He “considers” our heart and why we do what we do? What will He find in your heart today? Is it honorable, respectable, or deceitful as we learned previously from Jeremiah?

Myron “Mike” Harrison
Toronto, Canada

Jesus’ Call

Some of Jesus’ last words to His followers were in the form of a command. He said, “As you go, make disciples, of the peoples, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20). He said this in the context of His position as Lord, “All authority has been given me in heaven and on earth” (Matt 28:16). So when the King, the Lord, and the One to whom every knee on earth will bow says something, it is priority. These are not optional words, nor are they to be treated as simple wishes for his undershepherds. These are words of action and words by which we will be held accountable when we stand before the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

To put it another way, making disciples is a big deal to Jesus. He did not say, give them content or make them feel good, but rather teach them to obey all I’ve commanded. The discipling process is not left to our invention, either. Rather, He shows us how to do it in principle. He was with them, patiently interacting with them in their struggle to believe and apply the truths He taught. He did not say, make them attend a church. A church attendee is not necessarily a disciple.

He said, “Make disciples.”  A disciple is one who obeys Jesus and follows Him. Disciples of Jesus are those who delve into the Word and obey what He says. Their heart, values, motives and character come more aligned with Jesus and His kingdom ways as they grow in Christ.

Many of us think we are doing right things in our ministries because we compare ourselves and our ministries with those around us. However, the question is “What does Jesus want?” There is a different calling for each of us. Our part in making disciples will look different from person to person and culture to culture. If He is Lord, and He is, then what He wands and how He measures ministry is what counts. The Lord HImself will evaluate us with how we did in making disciples.

– Excerpt taking for Stacy’s book, Lead in Light of Eternity: The Jesus Model.
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