The Blessed Life – following the right leader.
Luke 6: 39-40 “He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”
Jesus clearly speaking of the self-righteous and religiously superior leaders in his day paints a vivid and probably at that time a humorous picture of a pit filled with 2 people. The teacher was blind to how to lead well and the student was blind to how not to be led.
The desire for every good teacher is to see their pupil advance so well that they too become a teacher, an influencer of many, in some classroom of life, having their own followers, even to the ends of the world.
This is discipleship.
The origin of discipleship is leadership.
The outcome of discipleship is becoming a disciple-maker.
This parable that Jesus told is as relevant today as it was then.
When the origin is blinded then the outcome is destroyed.
The amazing sad fact is that people do tend to follow blindly leaders who are only capable of taking them into a pit.
So how do you spot a good leader to follow?
- Humility: Good leaders apologise and learn from mistakes that they make.
- Success with minimal harm: Good leaders know that change brings success but that also change hurts, so they do this as carefully and thoughtfully as they can.
- Ambition: Good leaders are ambitious for the whole not for themselves.
- Accountable: Good leaders are happy to be questioned before and after their decisions.
- Obedient: Good leaders obey the policies, the rules, in the case of Jesus his Father’s will.
- Unity: Good leaders don’t create factions they build team.
- Development: Good leaders breed good leaders who go further.
If you don’t see anything of the 7 things in the leader you are following then you may be in danger of falling into the pit. Spot these things, follow this kind of leader and you will be living a blessed life. Better still, learn and then be this leader yourself.