In recent decades, much time has been spent evaluating Jesus as a leader. Not all of this has been helpful – but there is much gold to mine here (and not just for ‘leaders’ but for all disciples); and if nothing else, it is right to remind ourselves frequently that Jesus is an inspirational figure.
Today’s passage highlights four core parts of Jesus’ leadership. First, he trusts people with responsibility, but takes time to support them in what they’re doing. As we saw a few days ago, the disciples were sent out to ‘do the stuff’ – today, they return and Jesus gathers them together to review what’s happened (v30). It’s great management, and a model for us in terms of how we grow as disciples and organise our church communities.
Second, he prioritises time to reflect and renew spiritual life. When it got too busy, Jesus calls them away for rest and restoration (v31). Jesus was no workaholic!
Third, Jesus was always motivated by compassion (v34) – not by success, or targets, or a predetermined plan. Although it meant further disruption, he retained a tender heart which always put people first and projects second.
Finally, he was able to be flexible – in this case, starting up an impromptu teaching session because so many people had gathered (v34). As we’ll see in the next couple of days, it also became an invaluable learning experience for his disciples too.
Usually I like to focus on one thing each day – but today I’m leaving that to you! Here are four beautiful nuggets of wisdom from the life of the Saviour: which is God particularly directing you towards today? Take a few moments to offer that in prayer, and invite the Spirit of Jesus to make it real in your life.