A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.
Legitimate authority does not exploit followers.
Jesus’ call to action was, “Come follow me and I will make you.” (Mark 1:17) As a great leader of men, Jesus practiced the Law of Mutual Benefit. When men left everything that they had – surrendering their lives and futures for the cause of Christ – they did so without knowing or forecasting exactly what they would receive out of it. However, Jesus would not exploit those who followed Him.
In fact, you see this played out in a young, wealthy man who at first desired to follow Jesus, but became unwilling to do so when Jesus challenged him. This young man assumed that he would be exploited to follow Jesus. Upon his rejection and departure, the other disciples responded, “Jesus, we left everything to follow you.”
Jesus response to this statement is vital to understand His leadership, “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property.” (Mark 10:29)
Jesus will not exploit you when you choose to follow Him. A legitimate authority does not exploit followers.
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