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1008 – Leading with Love 以爱引领

There is a huge difference between spiritual leadership and corporate leadership. In the corporate world, we are driven by tasks and bottom lines. As corporate leaders, we are used to giving instructions rather than taking instructions, doing simple tasks and empathizing with our colleagues. We can be very harsh, mean and vicious with our words and interactions with people. We have no room for grace, mercy and love. We hire and fire based purely on performance because it is profit driven world. It can be a very toxic environment.However, in church, we are driven by love. As spiritual leaders, we follow the example Jesus has set, and emphasize on servant leadership.Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. He washed the feet of His disciples, even those of Judas Iscariot, the man who would betray and kill Him the very next day.

John 13:3-5 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.

John 13:12-17 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down
again, He said to them, “Do you [b]know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Love made Jesus serve. As such, we should have love for our colleagues, business partners and friends whom God has placed in our paths, regardless of their statuses or class in society. We need to remember that everyone has families, emotions and deal with real issues, such as bad reports, illnesses and relationship troubles. We must have hearts to care, empathize and extend grace when it is required or the situation calls for it. We are to minister to people out of love with the spiritual gifts that God has given us. Love is what will set spiritual leaders apart from the rest of the leaders in the world.

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以爱引领

属灵领导和企业领导有着巨大的区别。在企业界,我们是受任务和底线所驱动。作为企业领导者,我们习惯于给人指令,而不是接受指示,做一些简单的工作,并与同事产生共鸣。我们的言辞和与人的交往会变得非常苛刻、刻薄和恶毒。我们没有空间可以施恩、怜悯和爱。我们雇佣和解雇纯粹基于业绩,因为这是一个利益驱动的世界。这可以是一个非常有毒害的环境。

但是,在教会里,我们被爱驱动。作为一个属灵领袖,我们跟随耶稣的榜样,强调做一个仆人领导。

马可福音9:35耶稣坐下,叫十二个门徒来,说:「若有人愿意作首先的,他必作众人末后的,作众人的用人。」

耶稣来是要服侍人而不是被服侍。祂洗了门徒的脚,包括加略人犹大, 那个第二天把他出卖和杀害的人。

约翰福音13:3-5耶稣知道父已将万有交在他手里,且知道自己是从 神出来的,又要归到 神那里去, 就离席站起来,脱了衣服,拿一条手巾束腰, 随后把水倒在盆里,就洗门徒的脚,并用自己所束的手巾擦干。

约翰福音13:12-17耶稣洗完了他们的脚,就穿上衣服,又坐下,对他们说:“我向你们所做的,你们明白吗? 你们称呼我夫子,称呼我主,你们说的不错,我本来是。 我是你们的主,你们的夫子,尚且洗你们的脚,你们也当彼此洗脚。 我给你们作了榜样,叫你们照着我向你们所做的去做。 我实实在在地告诉你们,仆人不能大于主人,差人也不能大于差他的人。 你们既知道这事,若是去行就有福了。”

爱驱动耶稣服侍。因此,我们应该爱神所放在我们身边的同事、商业伙伴和朋友,而不论他们在社会中的地位或阶级如何。我们需要谨记,每个人都有家庭,有情绪,都要处理真实的问题,比如坏消息,疾病和人际关系的问题。当人有需要或出现一些状况时,我们必须用爱心去关怀、同情和延伸恩典。我们要用爱心去使用神所赐给我们的属灵恩赐来服侍人。唯有爱将属灵领袖与世界上其他领袖区分开来。

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