Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Discipleadership

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11.1)

It's a bold command. Can you say that to someone, anyone? I don't think I can. Maybe it sounds arrogant.

It's not arrogance. It's humble and true. As long as a leader is imitating Jesus, he can and should invite others to imitate his example of following Jesus. It's really the Father's commandment for all of us to be imitators of the Son.

That was Paul's way of leadership - leading by following. We call it discipleadership.

Biblical leaders are first and foremost disciples of Jesus.

To the extent we are following Jesus can we effectively lead His people.

Discipleadership is an elegantly simple way of leadership. It's also profoundly rich. It's indeed a life-long journey.

Discipleadership is grounded in growing in the knowledge of who God really is, of who we truly are in Christ, and living more fully out of our complete union with Jesus in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Knowing God and ourselves in Christ brings us right back to Jesus because Jesus is the perfect image of the invisible God and the visible example of the perfect man.