The challenge of leadership…



Scripture: Mark 10:32 (Jesus and his disciples) were on the road, going up to Jerusalem…He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them (for the third time) what was to happen to him (referring to his death and resurrection)…35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied, “We are able.”

Observation: This was the THIRD time Jesus was explaining to the disciples what was to happen to him – yet they obviously remained either clueless or in denial or both. They would indeed be leaders in the movement of God’s Kingdom plans, but not in the ways they imagined.

Application: Many of you reading this blog are leaders in various capacities. While we may imagine a particular leadership role as being desirable, and it may very well be, leadership also comes with much responsibility. Being a leader is hard – whether at home, school, work, or wherever. And while most of us are well aware of this, we often think we will be able to avoid the struggles of leadership. We assume, somehow, we will be the exception. Not likely.

Are you a leader in some capacity? Where is leadership hard for you right now? How are you seeking the Lord’s help as you deal with these leadership issues?

Prayer: Lord, leaders are important on many levels, but leadership is hard. Give us leaders grace to navigate our many responsibilities with wisdom and patience that we might represent you well. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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