Mark 6 Lesson

Leadership

LEADERSHIP

Somebody once said, “In the absence of genuine leadership, people will listen to whoever steps up to the microphone.”   Whoever said that was certainly not talking about Jesus!

Mark Chapter 6 gives us an incredible look into the characteristics that made Jesus a great leader while He was on earth. Our study will be divided into three parts:

  1. Jesus understood the wants and needs of the people He was leading,
  2. Jesus was selfless,
  3. Jesus loved the people He was leading.

JESUS UNDERSTOOD THE WANTS AND NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE HE WAS LEADING

Have you ever heard the expression, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care?”   It is a wise saying and one that we all can learn from as it relates to the subject ofevangelism.  

If we are going to help people find Jesus, we must get to know them. That means giving our time and learning about them.

Everybody is going through some form of adversity and could use a little help and some encouragement. But we cannot help them if we do not take the time to understand what they are struggling with.

As Jesus was traveling with His twelve apostles, He continued to teach them.   Like all great leaders, Jesus understood the needs of those that He was leading.   Jesus understood that His apostles were exhausted, as recorded in the following scripture:

  • “The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.  And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.’ (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)” – Mark 6:30-31.

JESUS WAS SELFLESS

The Bible teaches us that we are to spend our time on earth doing two things:

  1. Glorifying God,
  2. Serving others.

As we think about Jesus’ time on earth, it is clear that He came to glorify His Father and to serve others. That is the perfect example that we are to strive for.

Jesus said:

  • Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mathew 20:26-28.

Throughout the Bible, we read about the importance that God places on serving others, including in these four verses:

  1. “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” -1 Peter 4:10,
  2. “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” -Acts 20:35,
  3. “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” - 1 Peter 4:10,
  4. “Through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” - Galatians 5:13-14.

The second leadership characteristic of Jesus is that He was selfless. He put the wants and needs of those He was leading ahead of His own. There is no greater example of that than the crucifixion.

JESUS LOVED THE PEOPLE HE WAS LEADING

In professional sports, there are good teams, there are great teams, and there are “once in a lifetime” teams. The best of the best of teams have one characteristic in common. They love each other.

When we think about Jesus and the sacrifices that He made for us, it is overwhelming.

Why would somebody suffer such a violent death?

Why would He allow Himself to be mocked, spat on, and beaten?

The answer is because He loved us, and that is the most important of all leadership qualities.

People can tell if their leader cares about them. And when it comes to Jesus, there is no mistaking the immense love that He has for us. As He was being put to death, it was not Himself that He was thinking of, it was others. That is evident in the following scripture:

  • “When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”Luke 23:33-34.

CONCLUSION

The world needs great leaders.

Why?

Because in the absence of true leadership, people will listen to whoever steps up to the microphone.

There is no greater leader than Jesus. Through His actions and His teachings, we see all the great leadership characteristics that Jesus displayed, including these three:

  1. Jesus understood the wants and needs of the people He was leading,
  2. Jesus was selfless,
  3. Jesus loved the people He was leading.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” -Hebrews 13:7.

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Dan W.

Leaders can learn a lot from the qualities of Jesus our savior. In fact, there is a book entitled "Jesus, CEO." It discusses search characteristics and how they can be applied to business leaders.

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Dan W.

Leaders can learn a lot from the qualities of Jesus our savior. In fact, there is a book entitled "Jesus, CEO." It discusses search characteristics and how they can be applied to business leaders.

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Tommy

The Apostles demonstrate their faith in this verse, "And He summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits; and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt." They trusted Jesus and went out with nothing except the clothes on their back, trusting that God would provide for them. This is in stark contrast to today's materialistic world and a good scripture to help keep us humble and grounded.

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