The Bible is often misunderstood. For starters, it is important to realize that it's a collection of 66 books in one, consisting of various literary genres, with all 66 books telling a single story: the story of all stories. With the limited space of a blog post, today’s post attempts to answer the question: How does the Bible impact my leadership? If what you are about to read piques your curiosity, I challenge you to crack the Bible open yourself. A good starting point is the book of Mark, one of the four Gospels of Jesus' life. 16 chapters long, it can be read in a couple of weeks if you allot ten minutes a day.
The Bible reminds me that we all were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). So, everyone I am attempting to lead is a treasured child of God (Galatians 3:26-29). Further, all these children have sinned, and so have I (Romans 3:23). Because of this Fall, the ground we all work on—and even the corporate boardrooms we meet in--is cursed and will never reflect fully the way things were meant to be this side of heaven (Gen 3:17-19). Thus, I am not surprised when there is division, strife, or relational conflicts in business, or even the Church (James 4:1). Jesus, after all, said that life is full of trouble (John 16:33a). And, when our hope is in things of this world, like personal gain, the business being profitable, or even in our family – as good as families are – we will eventually learn that this, too, is chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 1:14).
So, maybe there is nothing better than to eat, drink, and be glad? (Ecclesiastes 8:15).
Jesus, however, tells us he came to give us so much more than personal gain (John 10:10). So, I can approach trouble with the reality that God is big enough to hear my cries (Psalm 142). More so, that I have hope despite this trouble, because Jesus overcame the world (John 16:33b). He overcame it by paying my ransom (Mark 10:45), and he offers the same gift to every human being that comes to Him (John 3:16). Thus, thousands of years before “globalism” and “inclusion,” Jesus gave the greatest commission to his followers, and the greatest invitation to the world (Matt 28:18-20).
Therefore, I am reminded every day that every person I meet matters. And every person deserves to receive this invitation.
I must admit that this news isn’t accepted by all, and even some of Jesus’ contemporaries doubted it (Matthew 28:17). But our God is bigger than any human thought or way (Isaiah 55:8-9), and is apparently okay with questions (Psalm 13:1).
As I face the challenges of each day, I am encouraged because God is with me (Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10). I have hope and joy because “Truly, he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2).
Of course, one day I will die and face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). But even though death is like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2), I still have hope because of what Jesus did for me (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). More importantly, I have hope for what Jesus will do, and for that day when “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain" (Revelation 21:4). That puts our daily company conflicts in perspective.
I guess the real question is…
How doesn’t the Bible impact my leadership?