(Adapted from a few recent “Lead Like Jesus” devotions and reflecting on recent events in our nation)

The world is obsessed with status and entitlement.  It was as true in the ancient world as it is today.  Jesus’ choice to lead by serving stood in stark contrast to the rulers and culture of His day.  Although Jesus is entitled to the highest respect and honor in the universe; people ignored, despised, and mistreated Him.  They rejected His message of love and reconciliation and living humbly with God and others.  Yet Jesus did not complain or lash out in retaliation.  He steadfastly chose service over entitlement.  He showed us what it looks like for great leaders to exalt God only.  In what way does His example challenge or encourage you to do the same?

Have you ever entered a room and failed to see someone?  Failed to hear a family member or friend speaking to you?  Missed the traffic light turning green?  Sometimes, we get so caught up in our lives, or in the moment, that we miss what is going on around us – it’s just that we weren’t paying attention.  I believe most of us are good and caring people, we don’t intentionally seek, or support, the harm of others; often, “we don’t see it, so we don’t get it.”  I believe, Jesus sought those society ignored or condemned; the needy, poor and the sick, not only to make them visible to us; He wanted to point out our “blind spots.”

A blind spot is something that we don’t know, or something we don’t see about ourselves; but others do.  As leaders, and Christians, we can’t afford to have them.  What does it take to combat the injustices caused by our blind spots?  Consistently battling our blind spots requires:

  • Becoming aware of our blind spots; ask others for feedback
  • Conducting self-assessments to actively identify blind spots
  • Recognizing that prejudices, biases, and stereotypes (positive and negative) are a normal part of life; we must be aware of them to ensure they don’t affect others
  • Speak up when you see injustice against others
  • Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong
  • Finally, certainly not lastly, submit to God’s will

Micah 6:8 (GNT) tells us: “No, the Lord has told us what is good.  What He requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.”


John Meeuwissen