Jesus answered, -John 6:14 NIV
Leadership is a loop and we are called to FLEX our PEC’s. Permission, Example and Culture are the keys to effective Leadership. Leaders give us PERMISSION based on their actions. Jesus walked in our shoes, He experienced our pain, our disappointment- He experienced the empathy needed to lead us! For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) His life and HIS WORD were and are, CONGRUENT: What He said is what HE DID! EXAMPLE is about SHOWING us. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. The typical human being speaks at roughly 120-150 wpm (words per minute)- one picture is the equivalent of 6-8 minutes of non-stop dialogue. And yet; What we are doing speaks so loudly, that people don’t need to listen to the sermon we are preaching! CULTURE is the soil. Everything comes from the repeated, acceptable norms and patterns in an environment. From good SOIL comes good produce, from poor soil, comes poor produce. WE call that Culture!
Leader, Jesus is the WAY! He said: “FOLLOW ME, DO WHAT I DO- Watch me!” Jesus is the NEW way. As the NEW WAY, it is a better way! You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel’s. Access to God is no longer divided by a veil in the temple, countless bloody sacrifices, or priests. We now have direct access to the Father through Christ. And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. (Matthew 27:50-51) This is a BETTER agreement, a BETTER way: But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. (Hebrews 8:6)
Conduit, Jesus is the LIVING WAY. He conquered death and now lives to intercede for us and give us grace in time of need. He is our eternal High Priest. “This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life” (Hebrews 7:15-16) Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. (Hebrews 7:25) Lastly; JESUS IS- THE Way! In the early days followers of Jesus were called “The Way”. But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets. (Acts 24:14) JESUS is “the” way, not “a” way. Remember, HE HIMSELF said, “No one comes to the Father except through, and by the WAY of Jesus. When you follow THE WAY, He will make A WAY: Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: “Remember not the former things,nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:16-19) Jesus is the WAY, who makes the WAY and there is NO WAY to get there- without LIVING and BELIEVING the WAY!