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I am traveling to VA, Springfield tomorrow July 29, 2012 to award certificates of recognition for two recent graduates from our four-part series Leadership Bible Study Program.
In the past two weeks, we studied the leadership of the Apostle John. There are so many lessons we could gain from one of the exemplery leaders of the early Church. However, in this blog, let’s focus on the one thing that differentiates John from the rest of Jesus’ disciples. That is, his love and loyalty.
If it is necessary to assign a trademark (brand) for each disciple of Jesus, John is entitled to earn the trademark of love and loyalty. John loved Jesus throughout their relationship and vice versa. That love and loyalty earned John to join Jesus’ inner circle together with James and Peter.
John’s love and loyalty to Jesus couldn’t be stopped even if Jesus was condemned to die. He was the only disciple who followed Jesus all the way until He was crucified. As unwavering loyalist, John was there during those tough times and when Jesus needed him the most. Because of his availability, John was given the most rare, prestigious, and honorable assignment a man can get from the Lord, to take care of His mother. It was believed that John had cared for Mary very well until she died.
By the way, Jesus was loyal to His Father and His disciples, and demonstrated that so many times. Throughout His ministry on earth, He was ultra-loyal to God and showed utmost loyalty to please Him. At one point, He said, “I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5: 30, NIV). Through thick and thin, His attention was executing the assignment He was given with unwavering loyalty. His loyalty was tested in the end and proven intact when He was obedient to death so as to fulfill the task His Father gave Him.
The same with His disciples. He was loyal to their well being. For example, when the soldiers came to apprehend Him, He identified Himself willingly and avoided violence that could have harmed His disciples. Once He surrendered, He asked the captors to let go of His disciples. That means, He gave His life to protect them. There is no love and loyalty than giving oneself to those who entrusted themselves to one’s influence.
John wrote three love epistles. He endured tough persecutions throughout his life. Regardless of the challenges he had faced, he kept the faith and died with dignity.
The question to all of us is whether we love our Lord and endure whatever challenges we may face as we serve Him? Are we ready to tolerate whatever comes in our way and remain loyal to the faith till the end? Do we have these great values (love and loyalty) in our life? How do we plan to remain in love and loyal to our mission, and to the people we entered covenant with us?
Please note that loyalty is a very rare commodity in this world, and a very important asset a leader should have. Without you being loyal to your people, they don’t trust you and entrust themselves for you to lead them. If you aren’t loyal to your people, they won’t be loyal to you and in turn to your mission. Therefore, stop using short cuts such as manipulations, and tricks in your leadership. Adopt loyalty as one of your core value, and lead with dignity.
The most successful organizations are those which have both long and short term strategies. In this very challenging and ever changing world, Churches and Ministries cannot afford to overlook the importance of having long ranged strategic direction and short term strategic plans, for instance, for three or five years. Accordingly, Assegid is called to facilitate half a day strategic session in VA on July 29th, 2012.
It has been quite a rewarding journey since the Ministry commenced its two Leadership Bible Study Programs for Christian leaders. For the past couple of months, we have taken a lot of leadership lessons from prominent Biblical figures. Last time, we shared with you about one of these great leaders- Nehemiah, a great restorer.