Master, Mission, and Motives
Last week, I was given an opportunity to speak to our Mapua campus team on the topic of leadership. God led me to share some of the lessons I learned in my experience as a leader. I sum it up in the following Ms—Master, Mission, and Motives.
Master – Who is Leading You?
Your answer to this question will dictate what kind of leader you want to be. It’s either you make Jesus your master or yourself as master. It’s either you lead like Him or you lead self-servingly.
As early as now, it’s important that we establish who will be your master. Every Christian leader should decide in his heart to be led by Jesus.
There are two essential follow-up questions that will rise at this point:
1. How to be led by Jesus?
2. How to pattern our leadership to His leadership?
These questions have the same answer—Fellowship with God, the primary discipline of a Christian leader. It is spending solitude time praying and dwelling in God’s word. Some people simply call it quiet time or devotional time.
Jesus himself practiced this habit. Follow me in Mark 1. In verses 21-25, He taught and drove out demons. Then he healed Peter’s mother-in-law (vv.29-31) and other people and drove out demons again (vv.32-33). But the next day, he went up early in the morning to spend a time of solitude, praying (v.35). After that, he again preached and drove out demons (vv.38-39) and healed (v.40).
What’s the point? Despite His action-packed ministry schedule, Jesus made time to fellowship with His Father.
When we fellowship with God, we get to know Him and His will; we get acquainted with the life and works of Jesus and so are conformed to His likeness; and we are prepared for the leadership that Christ patterned for us.
So I make it a commitment that before doing any form of ministry, I spend fellowship time with the Lord. It prepares my mind and heart for God’s work.
Mission – What Do You Want to Accomplish?
Every Christian, including those who want to pursue leadership, is mandated to fulfill the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:19-20). We must spread forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples. This is our mission!
I’ve been sharing my experience as a disciple-maker a lot of times and I will not get tired doing so. I first started making disciples in a retreat, April of 2008. It gave me a jumpstart into the ministry of disciple-making. But it wasn’t easy. Many come and go, and only a few stayed. In mid-2009, God impressed in my heart a burden to disciple more people. Since then, disciple-making has become my number one passion in life. By the grace of God, I’ve become a faithful leader and mentor to some young college men.
Motives – What Pushes You to Lead?
It’s important to always check your heart before and while you lead. Are you leading in humility and servant-mindedness? Or are you caught in pride and self-serving agendas?
In Mark 10:35-45, we read James and John making a request to Jesus. In verse 41, we read that the rest of the disciples were indignant of the two. Why? Because they wanted the top positions in Jesus’ kingdom, thinking it was of political nature. The brothers were caught in pride and self-serving agendas. Jesus then summoned the disciples to serve others if they wanted to be great (v.43) and be a slave of all if they wanted to be first (v.44). He set the ultimate example of humility and servanthood (v.45).
And so, we must lead in humility and servant-mindedness just like Jesus, our Master.