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A confusing directive was recently issued by a British Admiral. It read: “It is necessary for technical reasons, that these warheads be stored bottom-side-up, that is, with the top at the bottom and the bottom at the top. That there be no doubt which is the bottom, and which is the top, each warhead has been labeled with the word top!” Here’s a notice from the Lewiston, Idaho, Tribune: “The crossword puzzle which should have appeared in today’s Tribune appeared instead in yesterday’s, together with the answer to the puzzle that should have been printed yesterday. Therefore, the puzzle that should have appeared yesterday is in today’s Tribune, together with the answer to Wednesday’s puzzle. The puzzle for today and the answer to the one that should have been printed yesterday are reprinted.” How can you follow such directions?

What is my point? It’s a lot easier to follow when you can understand what you’re supposed to do. The first requirement of a good leader is that he is clear in his instructions. It is important that the follower know exactly what the leader wants - and sometimes why the leader wants what he or she wants. If you don’t know WHAT your leaders is talking about or sometimes WHY he’s doing what he’s doing - he’s hard to follow.

How many times did Jesus have to EXPLAIN what he was saying or what he was doing? In Matthew 15 Peter said to Jesus - Matthew 15:15-16 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them.. Time and again Jesus was explaining himself to them - so they would understand WHAT he was talking about. It says in Matthew 16:21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. You can’t get any clearer than what Jesus was saying. But the disciples didn’t want to let go of the notion that Jesus DIDN’T come to be a bread king - someone who gives me popularity - food - fame and fortune.

As a good leader - Jesus clarified himself time and again.

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