December 3, 2019 Daily Devotion

Today’s scripture is Luke 5:16

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

Throughout Luke 5 Jesus continues His teachings through miracles and stories. He is a leader followed by many as they become believers. Jesus is not your typical leader.

Leaders today come in a variety of styles. The most common leadership styles are: Autocratic, Laissez-faire or hands-off, Democratic, and Transformational.

Some are boastful, always seeming to let everyone know of their accomplishments. They demand a lot of attention. They want to be acknowledged. Some give orders and let their people work independently. Other leaders gain input from all team members and work together towards their common goal. And there are leaders who quietly lead by example.

Jesus seemed to be most reflective of a Transformational style. He did not teach techniques, He grew character. His character was centered around a Christ-like servant heart which he inspired his disciples to follow. (Philippians 2:5-11).

There are several steps we can take to become more of a Christ-like servant. Nurturing the character of others putting their concern first, assuring others understand what you are wanting from them, and developing the best relationship possible with those in your care by treating them with honesty and dignity are all important steps to take. And model the way. Become the role model by being Christ-like in your actions. And as Jesus often did, withdrawing to lonely places to pray not only gives you quiet time to gain strength from God, it helps prevent taking all the glory for your accomplishments. Give the glory to God.

“Hear me O Lord, and give me Your wisdom and strength!” Amen.

Ann Byrum Groomes

Prayer Concern: For all the leaders in our world that they may become more “Christ-like”

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