Summary: WHAT MAKES A LEADER A LEADER?
Sun. Oct.17/93 Lk. 9:57-62
FOLLOW THE LEADER
- The Game as kids
- Picking a leader for our country
What We Need
• A leader like Moses
Who refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, but was willing to go with God.
• Army generals like Joshua
Who knew God and could pray and shout things to pass rather than blow them to pieces with atomic energy.
• A Food Administrator like Joseph
Who knew God and had the answer to Famine
• A Preacher like Peter,
Who would not be afraid to look people in the eye and say, "Repent or perish"
And denounce their personal as well as national sins.
• Fathers like the Prodigal Son had
Who will watch for their sons and welcome them back into their lives without any strings attached.
• Mothers like Hannah
Who would pray for a child that she might give him to God, rather than women who are delinquent mothers of delinquent
• Children like Samuel
Who would talk to God in the night hours
• A God like Israel’s instead of the dollar god, the pleasure god,
the selfish god
• A Savior like Jesus
Who can and will save from the uttermost to the uttermost
WHAT MAKES A LEADER A LEADER ? ?
• Dwight D Eisenhower
Leadership: The art of getting someone
else to do something you want done because he wants
to do it.
• Southwestern Advocate
A leader is an ordinary person with extraordinary
BUT WHAT SETS JESUS APART FROM ALL OTHER
LEADERS ? ?
- This whole chapter deals with the question of His leadership.
v. 1 -- 12 sent out
v. 9 -- Herod
v. 11 - People
v. 18 - Who do you say that I am
v. 35 - Confirmation from heaven
v. 38 - Father of the demon possessed son
v. 49 - Others using His name
v. 53 - Samaritan’s not following Him
- When we come to v. 57 these same words had been said before. ----- Ex.19:8
His credentials by today’s standards do not make Him a leader
. He was a member of a minority race, who at that time were an oppressed people.
. His native countrymen were under the rule of the Romans.
. Taxes were oppressive.
. They had no political freedom.
. He seemingly did nothing about these conditions.
. He came from the low-class uncultured people.
. He was born of a peasant women.
. His father was a common laborer.
. He was uneducated.
. He had no academic degrees or diplomas.
. Poverty was His lot all of His life.
. He never owned a home of His own.
. Lk. 9:58 Foxes have . . . .
. He never married.
. He was isolated from men of power and influence.
. He never traveled 200 miles from the place he was born.
. His own band of followers were ragged, rugged, unpolished losers.
. He served other people all of His life, and received little thanks for what He did.
. His friends let Him down and one of them even betrayed Him.
. In the end He became the innocent victim of a massive injustice.
. Instead of becoming bitter, cynical, angry, negative or a furious revolutionary, Jesus willingly died on a cross to pay the
penalty for my rebellion against God.
. As He drew His last breath he felt forsaken by God.
. He had every reason to give up, but instead
He changed the whole course of history.