Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.'
But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an Example, that you should follow His steps.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God...
The life of Jesus, the Man, was a set up job. He played the low Man Who rose to the top. But God did it in the most unusual way.
Therein, Satan was stunned, the priests were stymied and the people who chose to follow His exceptional path were set up in a similar style.
So let's recap Christ's Example:
1) Jesus chose to be born to a no-regard family in a good-for-nothing town to work as a common Laborer, as simple people commonly do. His mother's reputation was tainted. His father came from royalty, but that was ages ago.
2) Jesus was not attractive, never married and lived at home for 30 years. He didn't own much and had no supernatural gifts until He was baptized by John. When He received the Holy Spirit, He received God's power, but He still depended on His Father to help Him work.
3) Jesus chose ordinary, even questionable, people as disciples. He washed their feet, cooked their food and forgave their sins--including abandonment. He told them to deny themselves, live simply, stay ready, follow Him, travel abroad and serve others.
4) Jesus submitted to the leaders of Rome and Israel. He followed every law. His fanciest ride was an unsaddled donkey, but mostly He traveled on foot. When He was arrested, mocked, beaten and crucified, He never complained, but suffered silently.
Actors for Christ: your job is to look like Jesus. So remember, He chose to be born, grow, preach, teach, heal, serve and die as a humble Man: a Man without beauty, wealth or worldly status.
When He became a Prophet, He still lived like a Servant. When He became famous, He refused fame's trappings. He never sought the approval of men, but always sought to please His Father.
His style of leadership was inconceivable to world leaders then, and it is equally inconceivable to most leaders now. Even so, He is the Example God says to follow.
## Leadership Series: The Example Of Jesus (Part 8)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.