Leaders are only as good as the people they surround themselves with … A close friend recently share a message he heard given by Andy Stanley. “Good leaders surround themselves with people who speak into their lives. Bad leaders surround themselves with people who have noting to say.” I am not sure, but I would guess that he’s referring to Yes Men.
You’ve heard it said that it’s lonely at the top. So then, it’s safe to say that leaders need friend, not Yes Men. Especially, friend’s who are loyal. But, not people who are LOYAL TO A FAULT. I’ve come to realize that true friends aren’t equated to how often you see one another. The bond of true friendship is so much more….it’s the mutual respect that you earned from each other. It is trust that has been gained through mutual honesty, and when these two have been met, the byproduct is loyalty. Loyalty that is mutually given to each other, not demanded.
In my experience as a city cop I’ve seen the pitfalls of misguided loyalty. You know the kind that I’m talking about – blind loyalty. Those who expect your loyalty without ever gaining your trust or earning your respect … but because of the position only. Don’t get me wrong, believe you me, I know the importance of being in a position of authority and having loyal people support you. But how you lead others will not only impact your life but it will change the lives of those who submit to your authority. Your leadership style can be for the good of others or their detriment. A leader who shows faithful loyalty to those who serve alongside him or her earn the respect and trust of the people they serve. This kind of loyalty moves the very heart of our savior, Jesus. A Roman Centurion was such a leader.
FAITH THAT’S LOYAL
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
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