If we can’t lead our homes we can’t lead the masses. Following a period of temptation and with a message to deliver to the people, Jesus returns home to Nazareth. Your leadership and vision begin at home.
Lead at home.
As dysfunctional as religion was in his days he continues to make his way to the synagogue on the Sabbath. Rather than speak against it, he sets out to make a difference (verse 16). Again we are led to understand that Jesus’ vision is to work to make things right rather than sit on the sideline to criticize and condemn.
Lead with conviction, courtesy, confidence and compassion.
Verse 17 tells us the scroll was handed to Jesus. As leaders we would well to remember that it is God who hands us vision and authority. Jesus didn’t come in demanding anything. He came in as was his custom. In other words he had come in several times before and not asked to read or speak. Jesus understood the need for discipline and humility.
There is leadership in silence and discipline.
It is in this moment that he shares his mission. Once again we see that his entire aim is to use his life to bring hope to others. This is the purpose of a leader’s life. He was out to love, serve and bring life to others.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the oppressed will be set free,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
In what ways are you leading your home?
How are you embarking on a journey of discipline?
How is this opening doors for you to lead?
There are moments when others will mistakenly believe we carry the leadership baton, when in fact we are only servants of it. This was the case with John.
People thought he was the Messiah. He quickly turned this around by showing that he only had a small part. The greater vision was coming. Responding in humility, boldly opens the door for vision to be released.
Note that John knew the message and shamelessly proclaimed it. By doing such, he immediately dismissed himself from receiving any glory. He was only a servant to the greater vision.
Too many aspiring leaders disqualify themselves by promoting themselves. The color we bring to a vision serves to compliment the other ones. Together we make a bold and beautiful vision.
I love John’s reply in verse 16. “…but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am-…” Later John goes on to suggest that who they were seeking will do even greater things. This is the mark of a true servant-leader.
In every vision there are a multitude of people who play a vital role to its release. It is therefore crucial that each member know their part and operate in it with both confidence and humility. John is a great example of both.
How much of a role do you play in the vision of others?
How are you walking in boldness with humility in this vision?