How did Jesus take a political radical, a national traitor who raised money for the Romans, small-business owners, doubters, self-centered and personally ambitious followers and make them into a band that turned the world upside down? He changed their perspective from the here and now to the present and forever kingdom. He demonstrated what leading in the kingdom is all about and teaching them the simplicity of leading in His kingdom. He affirmed their faith and admonished their fears. He rebuked their selfishness yet was patient with them as they grew in leading in His kingdom.
He did not transfer content to them at a head level. He did not teach them programs, methods, or procedures. But He did teach them to serve people, meet needs in faith, and die to themselves. Jesus, the Lord, the One who came to show us the way, intentionally built leaders not masses. He personally spent time with individuals and small groups.
When I came into the kingdom, I had to start over. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in business and military leadership. Manipulative practices and command and control leadership are out of bounds for Jesus’s leaders. I had to learn (and I am still learning) to move away from fleshly patterns, values, motives, and strategies of the world and move toward His ways of leading and developing people. The practices, values, character, motives, heart, and goals for leading are radically different in Jesus’s kingdom.
I learned that the way of Jesus is to develop others, who develop others, who develop others…