No Pushing

Leadership sometimes means you help others do whatever it takes to get ahead in the world. At the end of the day, it means doing things for others that you thought you’d never do. Of course, if you don’t like people, you most likely don’t agree that leadership sometimes means you put others first.

Leaders don’t push people around. Leaders push people to the front of the line. Leaders look for the best in people. If you’re a leader of leaders, you’re always spending your time listening and watching. If you work with people, your always looking for that one person who naturally goes out of their way to put others first. It’s indeed something that is learned over the years and if you’re a leader of leaders, you’re always on the watch for that one person. You can tell it in their voice and you can see it in the way they interact with others.

For example. I think churches don’t pay enough attention to the people on the sides and in the back of their churches. As a pastor, I’ve learned over the years to do my best to make my way to the back of the church and to catch the sides of the church when it comes to meeting people during a worship service. On any Sunday morning, there are two congregations within the church. The people in the front of the church and the people on sides and in the back of the church.  The small church has the luxury of being able to practice this kind of intentionality. It’s the heart of the gospel. We’re just too busy sometimes doing what’s easy. We’re used to sitting with those we know. The conversation is much easier. What if the local church actually practiced this on any given Sunday morning? This doesn’t happen over night and it means risking a little and being bold in the way we interact with others as Jesus people.

Leadership sometimes means you might miss out on the accolades. The pat on the back or that simple thank you that might never come your way. The reality is that you might never get that thank you or that pat on the back for doing simply what Jesus calls us to do and as the scriptures teach so clearly when it comes to loving and helping others get ahead and treating others with care and respect.

When we stop pushing others around and start helping others move to the front, we might actually come to understand what Holy week is really about when it comes to how Jesus modeled what a real servant leader looks and sounds like.

Philippians 2 1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. MSG 

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