Summary: This blog post helps people understand leadership principles found in the scriptures.
Regardless of your faith beliefs, the Bible is the greatest leadership book ever written! It is crammed full of incredible insights that can be used by anyone in a leadership role, regardless of your faith beliefs.
I want to take a series of scripture verses from the book of Luke that teach us much about the subject of leadership from the life of Jesus. I enjoy the book of Luke. He was a doctor and is extremely detailed in his accounts of historical narratives.
Whether you coach a team, work in an office, are in politics or ministry, or are simply applying principles to your family or community, enjoy and utilize these great lessons.
4:1 – “The Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit” – All great leaders understand the value of preparation prior to carrying out their tasks.
4:1 – “was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” – To properly exercise authority you must first learn how to be under authority.
4:2 – “being tempted for forty days by the devil.” - Effective leadership will always encounter opposition.
4:2 – “And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” – There is often a physical cost to leadership.
4:3 – “And the devil said to Him” – Leaders will always have voices in their ears who have competing agendas. Also, leaders must be very strategic about who occupies their inner-circle.
4:8 – And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get the behind me Satan!” – Leaders have hard conversations and make hard decisions.
4:8 – “For it is written” – Leaders must have an established set of core values that helps them make decisions. For the Christian leader, your core values should always flow from the Bible’s teaching.
4:14 – “news of Him went out through all the surrounding region” – Because of their influence, leaders are always talked about.
4:15 – “He taught in their synagogues” – Leaders reproduce themselves through the responsibility of instruction and teaching. Also, leaders proactively engage people.
4:16 – “And as His custom was” – Even though they are constantly moving people into the future, great leaders honor the past of their respective organizations.
4:18 – Jesus read these words from Isaiah. “To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed” – Leaders care about others. They want to make life better for those they serve. Leadership brings solutions to life’s challenges.
4:22 – “So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words” – Leaders are gracious.
4:24 – “no prophet is accepted in his own country ‘ – Leaders understand the hardest people to lead, the hardest people to impress are often those who know you best.
4:28 – “So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up and thrust Him out of the city” – Leaders understand popularity is fleeting. You must lead by principle.
4:34 – “Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!” – This was spoken by a demon resided in a possessed man. Great leaders are known for their mission and what they are committed to.
4:35 – “Jesus rebuked him, saying ‘Be quiet, and come out of him!’” – Leaders are catalytic. They are positive change agents. They make things happen.
4:37 – “And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region.” – Great leaders are memorable and have a constantly expanding influence.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing. Feel free to utilize this material in your small group, Sunday School class, or message series. It will help people.