Leadership is all about influence and we believe Jesus Christ was the greatest leader that ever walked the face of the earth. The YouVersion Bible App allowed us to compile a devotional plan entitled Bible on Business of which the following guest post is one of the entries. The reason for all of this, is simple. We see ourselves as more than an Atlanta recruiting company, but a business providing leadership advice and encouragement to everyone.
I’ve always been intrigued by Luke’s phrase “and Jesus fixed his face for Jerusalem” (9:51). Others have translated this action as “resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Regardless of the translation, it is clear that Jesus adopted a posture of focus on the mission and he calls business leaders to do the same. And if we’re going to follow Jesus in this regard, let us consider three leadership principles from this passage:
Throughout Luke 9, we see Jesus reveal significant aspects of his character and work to the followers. Although often misunderstood, the gospels paint a picture of Jesus as one with clear purpose and passion — that he pursued resolutely.
From the miracles to Simon Peter’s proclamation to the Apostles debate over greatness, Luke 9 weaves together several instances where Jesus could have easily decided to pursue his own greatness. In fact, it seems that the disciples in their misunderstanding actually believed that to be His intent. In the end, Jesus knew his purpose was to pursue the will of the Father and only in His “leastness” would “greatness” be found (9:48).
Luke opens chapter nine with Jesus’ commissioning of the Twelve and follows with multiple instances of Jesus doing work that required their participation. From managing the crowds (9:13-17) to conversation about His identity (9:18-27), the disciples were integral to Jesus’ mission.
So, the work of business leaders is to build culture and lead organizations that create value. In order to do these things, Jesus’ lessons from Luke 9 encourage us to (1) be clear on the mission, (2) make sure that the mission is more than our personal gain and (3) pursue goals big enough to require the work of others.
Dale Gauthreaux teaches leadership and organizational behavior in Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business in Atlanta, Georgia.