Last week marked the beginning of Lent. For the next 40 days we prepare for Easter. We remember Jesus Christ making the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for us and then rising from the dead a few days later. During Lent people often make sacrifices like giving things up. I have given up fast food and red meat, two things I eat a lot of, so it will not be easy. But of course there is a big difference between giving up certain foods and giving up your life as Jesus did.
Thinking about Lent and Jesus’ sacrifice got me thinking about how leaders make sacrifices. When you step up and answer the call to leadership, you must know that you will have to make sacrifices. Back in Jesus’ time the sacrifices that were made often were one’s life. Today, the sacrifices are much less severe, but sometimes can feel as difficult.
Today leaders make sacrifices such as not being liked by many people around them. Leaders sacrifice their free time to serve others. They sacrifice their money for causes that are important to them. Some people sacrifice time with their families and say that this is a necessary sacrifice or that they are doing it for them. This is not the type of sacrifice leaders must make. Leaders understand what matters most.
What sacrifices have you made as a leader? What have you been unable to sacrifice? During these 40 days of Lent, what have you given up? What can you do to become closer to God and answer the call to leadership? During this Lenten season, make a commitment to Lead like Jesus, not by giving up your life, but by serving Him by becoming a servant like him. Remember He washed the feet of his disciples. We are called to lead as He did and to become a servant leader!