Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way?

I have seen this phrase many times in my life, as the title of Bible Studies, messages, and devotional speeches. There was also a book by this title that I saw as a young woman directed at male Christian leadership. Shoot, I’ve even passed it on as a meme myself. I was awakened this morning with a conviction by the Spirit of this attitude. In my essay on the Bible not being misogynistic, I made the comparison of the man being the captain of the team. This is not a team-building attitude, especially on a Christ-centered team. As believers and followers of Christ, we are admonished to:

  1. Build one another up –

     

    Romans 14:19 – “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

     

    Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

     

  2. Bear one another’s burdens –

     

    Galatians 6:2 – “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

     

  3. Submit ourselves to one another –

     

    Ephesians 5:21 – Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

     

  4. Serve one another –

     

    Galatians 5: 13 – “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

     

  5. Admonish one another –

     

    Romans 15:14 – “And I myself am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.”

     

  6. Love one another – so many, but this one sums up the motivation and the example the best –

     

    Ephesians 5:2 – “And walk in love, as Christ hath also loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

     

  7. Grieve not the Holy Spirit –

     

    Ephesians 4:30 – “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

     

  8. Have the mind of Christ –

     

    Philippians 2:5-8 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

The last is the most important. Christ was not a dominating leader. He had the mind and attitude of a Servant. He was the King of Heaven and came to earth to die for our sins. He was “made lower than the angels“. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. He sweat drops of blood in Gethsemane, yet said, “Not My will.”

 

So let us say instead, “Father, lead us. We will follow Christ and we will get out of the way of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.”

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