Growing older teaches, you many lessons. Lessons I believe that are transferred to your leadership cycle, and your optic lens. Surely, we have all learned many lessons during this Covid-19 pandemic and watching this current President’s leadership scenarios. Our religious and spiritual backgrounds dictate skills of survival and metamorphosis into our leadership skills.
I grew up in a Christian home, worshiping and studying most Sundays with a Church of God congregation, Morgan Park Church of God affiliated with Anderson Indiana. A Church deeply rooted in living out your faith as Illustrated in the Bible. Here is their mission taken right from their website. The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) is a global movement of people seeking to fulfill God’s mission in the world. We’re committed to studying the Word of God and faithfully living it out. We’re committed to the mission that Jesus Christ gave every believer: to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18–20).
The Church of God movement appeared in the 1880s in the midst of the broader American Holiness Revival. The pioneers of the Church of God hoped to restore a more biblical understanding and practice of what it means to be the church. One of our early church songs says: “The Bible is our rule of faith and Christ alone is Lord.” This lyric still summarizes the core belief of Church of God people. We have not issued any official belief statement, and we have no formal creed. Yet, the following statements reflect the heart of the Church of God:
As we take on leadership roles dogma Illuminates. Many are fueled with the complexities and ambiguities of pride, intertwined within their leadership styles destroying effectiveness. When the Bible talks about pride it has a negative connotation. It means to have an excessively high opinion of one's own worth or importance; it suggests arrogant or overbearing conduct. It is the independent spirit that says, 'I have no need of God. Pride has been called the sin from which all others arise. Author Michael Eric Dyson discusses his book on the subject and the complexities and ambiguities of this deadly sin.
Pride or feeling Proud is often driven by poor self-worth and shame. We feel so badly about ourselves that we compensate by feeling superior. We look for others' flaws to conceal our own.
Arrogant people tend to score high on narcissism. Excessive pride diminishes self-awareness. Like an arrogant leader who is always exaggerating his achievements to denigrate his rivals. Excessive pride is an exaggerated appreciation of oneself by devaluating others — we turn other people into our competitors.
Proverbs 21:4 – A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.
OUR EXTRAODINARY LEADERSHIP EXAMPLE
Stop, look at the humility of Jesus, the best leadership example we have. I do not have to think twice about it. Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. Out of obedience to His Father, He humbled Himself all the way to the point of death on the cross. The Bible says because of this that God exalted Him just like how it says He will exalt us (1 Peter 5:6-7).
“And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:8-11
If Jesus practiced humility Himself, then why would we think we don’t need to? Why would we consider this a weakness? Even He was dependent on His Father and this was a good thing, in fact, the best thing. It was a God glorifying thing in every way. We couldn’t even have a relationship with God if it wasn’t for what Jesus did for us in the first place (John 14:6). We had to humble ourselves to trust that Jesus is King and to ask Him to be our Lord and Savior. This is no different today whether you’ve been a believer for a week or 50 years.
We still need Him in everything we do. We still need the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us wisdom in all matters. We still need help to practice things that are honorable, pure, lovely, commendable, or anything praiseworthy. We are still not capable of doing anything on our own and will never be. As soon as we begin to live in a way where we are no longer dependent on God to do everything for us, we are forgetting our first love and proclaiming what Christ did for us was not enough.
As you are reading this, take a deep breath and let it out. It’s going to be ok. As a follower of Christ, no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, I promise that you can give it to Him. This is because God’s Word is true. What Jesus did was enough. And you have the Holy Spirit and can trust Him to lead and guide you. Humble yourself and pray to God truly casting your anxieties to Him and trust that He does indeed care for you.
Managers, Politicians, Pastors, and other Leaders remember humility takes precedence over pride or being proud. Good is not Good enough – Be Great.