As a leader you want people to follow you. It’s been said, “If you’re leading a group and no one is following you, you’re simply taking a walk.”
Great crowds gathered to hear Jesus speak. Additionally, the people came in from far away places to hear him. News about Jesus was spreading.
Who doesn’t want a great crowd? As leaders we all want to have more influence. Note a few things about these two verses.
- Jesus puts action to his message. He doesn’t just talk about healing but he does it. People want to ‘see’ the vision, not just hear about it. It’s called vision for a reason.
- The healed man spreads the word about Jesus. Do right by people and they will tell their friends. Use your gifts and people will want to hear more and share it.
- The writer, Luke, places Jesus’ preaching ministry ahead of his healing ministry. “…great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed…” Actions support the message, not the other way around.
- Jesus took time alone. He needed time to recharge and be refreshed. We all do.
- He prayed.
No one had more mission to accomplish than Jesus. He set out to bring salvation to the entire world. Yet there were times when he had to be alone and pray.
Make sure, you as a leader, do the same. Doing so ultimately helps those you are serving.
Which of the five things mentioned above do you struggle with the most?
How are you at taking time to be alone and pray?