Mark 6 Lesson

Leadership

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

In Mark 6, Jesus sent out His twelve apostles to preach the Gospel. Throughout their travels, Jesus continues 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 by Mark beginning in verse 30:

  • “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.

Not having enough time to eat implies a terribly busy schedule. No wonder they were so tired!

Jesus, although He was the leader, was probably even more tired than His apostles. It is plausible that He was looking forward to some downtime to recharge and refocus with His apostles. But that was not to be. As their boat approached the shore, it was apparent that the crowds had learned about where they were heading and raced ahead of them to meet them at the shore.

For some, this could have been a reason to get upset, or even angry. You can imagine some in their group saying, “Can we not even get one night’s rest?! We came here to rest, and a crowd is already waiting for us?!” When we are overly tired, sleep and rest become more important than just about anything else in our lives, but not to Jesus. Jesus said in Mathew 20:28:

  • “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Mark writes that when Jesus saw the large crowd, “He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.”

As we read this important exchange, we should pay attention to the following:

CHARACTERISTICS OF JESUS’ LEADERSHIP

  1. Jesus loved people. Perhaps you have heard the expression, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care?” Because Jesus’ love was sincere, people were inclined to follow Him. God commands us to love one another. When put in positions of leadership, we should try to show others the kind of love Jesus showed for us.
  2. Jesus had compassion for the people that He led. Mark 6:34 says, “He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.”
  3. He broke bread with them. Jesus lived among the people. He did not avoid those that were lost in sin. Instead, He took the time to know them, to love them, and to teach them. Jesus said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” – Mark 2:17.

CONCLUSION

As Christians, we need to study the examples of Jesus’ leadership, and then apply what we have learned. Like Jesus, we need to lead with love and compassion, and we need to be generous with our time, especially when we talk with those who are lost and struggling with sin.

The Bible is full of teachings about leadership. For additional studies, click on any of the links below:

Qualifications of church leaders

Appointing deacons

Humility and serving others

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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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