Day Four: Loving Leading

Mark 12:29-31 (NIV) – “The most important one [i.e., commandment],” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“Paul calls leaders into mutual submission with those they lead. Many commentators and scholars argue about what ‘in the same way’ means. Simply put, leaders are called to lead your workgroups, ministries, small groups, families, households — even ourselves! — to cultivate a climate of Shema-shaped work. The Lord calls those in leadership to make it easy for those under them to see that the Lord is their Master, and to make it easy for them to see that their work for the Lord is part of their whole-person, life worship.” [paraphrased from N. Briggs’ message]

We are all leaders, beginning with leading our neighbor toward God’s love. Perhaps the most immediate way to apply Jesus’ command is in our everyday work relationships. Today, how can we guide our co-workers, those in our households, and those in our ministry toward God’s love?

As we reflect this, let’s worship to “Build My Life” (click here) by Housefires.

Prayer: Lord, build my life on your love, and lead me with your love in my workplace, in my family, and in my ministry. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– NB