Leadership for a country, leadership in a community, a school, the home, it is the job of a ruler, a king, an employer, a teacher, a parent to lead. From birth, we can’t just be left to our own devises, because if we are, chaos follows. We’re like sheep needing a good shepherd.
“If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked. The poor and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both. If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will be established forever. A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.” Proverbs 29:12-17
Our world, our homes need strong leadership, but it needs to be the type that Jesus showed us. He is the Good Shepherd and His leadership has always been to lead by serving. He didn’t just command or demand, He pulled children close to Him. He washed dirty stinking feet. He laid down His life for us.
In our leadership roles, we aren’t called to just bark out commands and orders to our constituents, or employees, or students, or family, but rather to model the life of Jesus before them. It means kindness in discipline. It entails fairness in judgments. It means following the Good Shepherd and learning to lead through service.
Father, I am called to follow You. Help me to lead with grace in those areas where You have given me authority.