The Leader is the Chief Sacrifice
My mother was the chief sacrifice in our family. She was a little lady, seemingly unimportant. No one would have thought of her as a leader; at least not according to the false leadership ideals of this world.
But she was a great leader, because as God sees it, the leader is always the chief sacrifice.
It’s because Jesus was the Chief Sacrifice, that he is the Supreme Leader, and the Lord and ruler of the Universe. Jesus declared:
“The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life”(John 10:17) “for the sheep” (verse 11, NIV).
If the Father loves the Son because the Son sacrifices, then in the same way as the Son loves us (John 15:9), we too must sacrifice.
True leaders die to self so that others may live (Mark 10:42–45). We die to self when we give up our rights for the good of others. We die to self when we put aside our own comfort so that others may receive. We die to self when we place the sharing of the Good News as the highest aspiration of our lives.
That’s what true leaders do. The rest are just fakes. True leaders don’t often get recognition in this world (Colossians 3:23–24), but their reward is sure.
Who has been a true leader in your life? How can you honor that person for the sake of Jesus? Think of something simple to do for them, in a way they will appreciate, and go and do it.
By Dr. Eliezer Gonzalez
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