I am sharing these things with you because I hope that you will:
1. understand who we are more completely
2. see this in who we are as a church
3. work hard to align yourself and your practices around these things
4. help us improve in these key areas
We need these reminders because it is NOT a natural function of a strong leader to embrace sacrifice and servant-hood. However, this was one of the reasons that Jesus stated He came to humanity. He wanted to display what true spiritual-leadership looked like.
Matthew 20:25-28 25 But Jesus called them together and said,It is in this sacrificial example that we are too follow and yes to even lead. One of the reasons that I think the American Church has slowed in its influence today is because we have embraced too much of a CEO mindset. The teachings of Jesus and the examples displayed by the early Church are anything but hierarchal. The men and women who sacrificed the most were the ones who had the greatest influence.
“You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Not only as leaders but simply as disciples of Jesus I challenge all Discover Church'ers to not resist sacrificing but to display to the world in the same way that Jesus did that they are worth it. Let's "pick up our crosses" and thrive through a daily, voluntary, death to self and live for others.