Lead Like Jesus

1 May

leadership-qualities

When the apostles returned, they told Jesus everything they had done. Then he slipped quietly away with them toward the town of Bethsaida. 11 But the crowds found out where he was going, and they followed him. He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God, and he healed those who were sick. Luke 9:10-11

Want to know how to be a man like Jesus? This verse shows a lot in just a little bit… and it’s a key scripture when it comes to leading like Jesus. No matter if it’s in your family, at work or when you’re out with the guys.

Here are some key things that we can see that Jesus did…

-He cared for His soul first. As a father and the bread winner for the family, for me this is probably the toughest thing to remember to do. I have to be very intentional about it. But look at what Jesus did here… he not only had sent out the disciples, but when the crowds came he took his closest bros and they went off into the wilderness.

-He saw people for who they are. Hey I like orphans and widows as much as the next guy, but man some days I am just dog tired and don’t feel like being Jesus to everyone, especially if they exhibit a weaker or newer faith than I think I have (this is a quick way to get humbled by God too).

-He welcomed them and taught them about the Kingdom of God. Rather than sending the crowds away when they basically stalked Him here, he healed sick people. I’m trying to be like Jesus more in this way personally, but it is tough at times. My home is my sanctuary, and I don’t like going to the doctor, so sick people can pose a challenge for me. I especially have a hard time with people that love Jesus when He shows up in their circumstances, but then live defeated when they turn their backs on Him.

Lord help me.

Jesus didn’t stop there though…

Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, “Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this remote place.”

13 But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

-Jesus empowered His disciples. Be Jesus to people. He went against everything the culture would do, everything they thought was right. I bet they were tired from a busy ministry season as they were learning what following Jesus really was all about. It was “late in the day”….not to mention they were in a “remote place.” I have to wonder if they were blaming Jesus for getting them lost that day too. But Jesus didn’t curb who He was and who He is today. He empowered them to feed everyone. He didn’t look at what couldn’t be done, he looked at how to solve the issue at hand and let them see Him.

I am all about solving problems and solutions. It’s living like Jesus that I have a harder time with. It’s not that I don’t love Jesus, I do. It’s that I don’t love people as much as Jesus did. I love to see Jesus work in and through people. I love to hear people praise His name. But I hate to see the brokenness they hold onto.

The reality is that yes, Jesus calls us to leave it all behind, including that brokenness. He can empower us to feed others when we do. I bet He changed the heart of the disciples when He blessed the kids lunch that day.

Recently, I was attempting to get my friend to ask me what was REALLY going on, and he shared a verse with me. What my friend quoted fits how to be Jesus to people and how to live out faith in Christ:

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7

Just do it. He still cares about you.

-Brandon Pachey

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Brandon Pachey is the husband of an amazing wife and father of three awesome kids, hoping to adopt for the first time soon. He has lived all over the United States in six different states and Germany. He has worked in Youth Ministry as a volunteer for 13 years (3 as a full time volunteer youth pastor) and done ministry in Germany with military students and US Military Men’s Ministry. He looks periodically at the funny things the church does and faith in day to day life on For the Love of God Too blog (http://fortheloveofgodtoo.wordpress.com/). He also has a passion for Off-Roading as a family sport.

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