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leaders who don’t last 3

29 Jun

Leaders who encounter Jesus should be like the first person who encounters him: humble.

Who, besides Mary, was the first person to encounter the incarnate Jesus? Luke 1: 41 tells us that “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the baby leaped in her (Elizabeth’s) womb.” That baby was John the Baptist, one of the most humble people whoever walked the earth. John is identified as “A voice of one calling in the desert, Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.”

John is a voice. He is identified as and with his job. He is the original: voice preparing, calling in the desert of lives. He never accepted the comparison with Elijah himself. But Jesus in Matthew 11 speaks of John as “the Elijah who was to come” the least in the Kingdom.

Leaders who don’t last are proud. They are people pleasers; adoration seekers; loves of self. Their voices will never last. John’s has.