Secrets of History’s Greatest Leader 11/09/2011

You can be a leader of people. You can build a great church, Sunday School class, or discipleship group. You simply have to learn the secrets of history’s greatest leader—Jesus Christ—and practice them. Jesus got more people to follow Him, for more time, to do more difficult things, than any figure in history.

For twenty centuries, people have chosen to be His followers. Today, 1.2 billion people seek to following His commands. These commands are contrary to human nature, human desires, and what humans think is in their best interest.

There are but two kinds of leaders: those who know what people want and are skilled enough to lead them to it and those who know what people need and are skilled enough to lead them to pursue it. Some lead men to gratify their nature; Jesus led men to change their natures.

Hitler understood that people like to take property, power, and money, and to feel superior. Millions followed him as he bloodied Europe to give them these things. But Jesus was far greater than Hitler or any other leader. He led men to do the things they did not want to do: to love their enemies; to forgive those who wronged them; to turn the other cheek when they were hit; to be a servant to others; and to refrain from adultery, stealing, and killing, etc.

Jesus’ leadership lessons are not out of date, even if they are 2,000 years old. William E. Holler said, “Just as the real basics of human nature do not change from one generation to another, so the real basics of human leadership do not change from one leader to another—from one field to the next—but remain always and everywhere the same.”

In every family, school, club, and business, someone is leading. Who is that person? It is the person who is qualified. Henry Ford said, asking “‘Who ought to be boss?’ is like asking ‘Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?’ Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.”

God searches for people who can lead, or rule: And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Send you men . . . everyone a ruler among them (Numbers 13:1, 2).

You can become a leader, a person who can influence others, or you can spend your life frustrated because people do not do what you want them to do. Zig Ziglar said this well: “You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be, and do in the tomorrows of your life” (Zig Ziglar, Top Performance).

Become a leader, and you will get great satisfaction from the help you are giving and the good you are accomplishing. Someday you will be respected and appreciated for leading others to a successful, godly life.

If you make the choice to be an influence, a leader of people, these secrets from the life of Jesus will give you the exact information you need to do it.

Jesus was the kind of person people want to follow “Character is power.” —Booker T. Washington.

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