Week 9 Day 1 - Power
March 02, 2014
"In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage . . . ." - Philippians 2:5-6.
Jesus had power but He did not use that power to lord it over others or to build his own Kingdom. He used power to do the Father's will and set people free, and then to empower them to live abundant lives. Leaders should follow Jesus' example and not use their leadership power to their own advantage. Rather, leaders should use their power for the benefit of others, even those who don't agree with them or celebrate their leadership. At the end of the day, leaders can devote their power for two distinct causes: building God's kingdom or building their own.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you using your power to build your organization and your own little kingdom? The way you know is to look at the benefits your power brings to you personally. Do you have a special parking space or one of the best offices? Do you use your position and authority to get yourself benefits to which others don't have access? Add it all up and see what your power is getting you. Then decide how you are going to use your power for the benefit of others and not just to feather your own nest.