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.
“But He emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7)
Jesus was an extraordinary Man. His life and ministry continue to overwhelm the world. Non-educated people and scholars, nonbelievers and Christians, Liberals and Evangelicals, proponents of all schools of thoughts altogether are still actively and passionately reflecting, analyzing, pondering, digging, searching and researching to comprehend His Person, Nature and work.
How could such a great figure come down to us? How could the greatest Man become the smallest of all? How could God become a Man? How could the Creator become a servant, a doulos to be more biblical?
Books have been written. Films have been produced. Stories have been told. Discoveries have been made. Nothing in the world has been able to definitively settle the matter, because Jesus is and always will be of a different kind. But the message of the Bible is clear and simple. Jesus He is God from eternity to eternity.
No one can compare to Him. Nothing equals Him.
For our salvation He incarnated Himself in human flesh. In order to accomplish such a great salvation, Jesus had to empty Himself. He did by laying aside all His privileges, by taking the form of a true servant. He sets the example for us.
Nothing in our lives and/or ministries thrives if it does not spring from a deep desire to empty ourselves. These are some questions to ponder:
- Have I emptied myself of every pride?
- Who do I think I am? Something or nothing?
- Am I a human hero or a spiritual zero?
- Am I a VIP or a simple true servant
- Am I setting myself above others or do I identify to them?
- Can I really say in everything I do I empty myself?
God bless you!
“I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was
revealed as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion
of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. So I gave my
attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with
fasting, sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and
said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and
loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have
sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside
from Your commandments and ordinances. “Moreover, we have not listened to
Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our
princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.” (Dan. 9:2b-6)
Daniel was the one leader in whom his adversaries could not find fault.
Daniel was a righteous and godly man. Yet he was so burdened by His
people’s plight that he confessed their sins, fasted on their behalf, and
paid a high cost in his personal comfort to intercede on their behalf.
Daniel is a picture of what servants of the Most High are like. They
willingly sacrifice for the sake of others well being and for His Kingdom
May many of us who read this seek to be like Daniel.
By His grace,
Wonderful message by Marvin Brubacher, MentorLink Canada’s Director.
Be blessed as you read on,
I Corinthians 4: 1-5
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5. Paul teaches
us that in order for believers to serve as God desires, they must be clear about
several important realities and concentrate on them – in other words, stay
First, I must be clear about who I am. I must remember that I am the servant of
Christ (v.1). Paul uses a different word from his normal word for servant/slave.
He refers to a kind of person that was quite common in that culture – a
subordinate servant who functioned as a free man. As the Romans conquered the
world, they often took the educated and business people and made them stewards
and teachers in their homes. The person was a servant who had a lot of
responsibility and freedom in the master’s household.
This is what happened in my life. Once I was a slave to sin and a citizen of the
in His household. I must never forget this reality because it keeps me from
making excuses. I have been given specific responsibilities in the Kingdom; I am
accountable to Jesus. This reality also keeps me rejoicing because I have the
amazing privilege of serving the best Master!
Looking to Jesus,