In the apostle Paul’s letters to various churches, he often tells the believers to imitate him. Our leaders should be examples to us, but why is that? For Christians it is because leaders are to imitate Christ, who is the ultimate leader of our lives. Here’s some more of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians:
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
In imitating Christ, Paul teaches other leaders to be unselfish, desiring always what is best for others, particularly when it comes to their faith and salvation. In honesty, I have to admit that I don’t always do this, but I should. Who wouldn’t want to follow a leader who had their best interests at heart? If we lead in this way, people will follow us to the one who can save them and give meaning to their lives.
Jesus Himself told his followers:
“And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35
And remember the last supper? The scene when Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. He tells them:
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do just as I have done to you.”
Jesus gave us an example. He wants us to imitate Him as a servant-leader. If you are a leader in any way (and you probably are), be unselfish and loving. Think the best of those you lead, and desire God’s best for them. It’s the least you can do as an imitator of Christ. He loves you and so do I!