By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Everyone receives help from the people who have gone before, the people who stand alongside, and the people who follow. No one is a self-made man or woman, and good leaders know they can't take full credit for their successes.
Jesus Himself had the right to take credit for everything from creation onward. Yet, He exemplified the humility of a servant. Jesus could have pointed out the flaws and failures of those who went before Him: You think Abraham was great? Remember, he had his share of failings. And Moses? Don't forget all the times he got angry and disobeyed God. And don't forget how Abraham feared Pharaoh so much that he lied and said Sarah was his sister! If you want to know what real greatness is, look at Me.
But Jesus was not driven, as so many leaders are today, by the need to receive credit, applause and attention. He was driven by love for the Father. Jesus acknowledged those who went before Him, including Abraham (see John 8:53) and Moses (see John 5:45-46). If we want to follow the leadership style of Jesus Christ, we must acknowledge others in the same Christ-like way He did.
Do you take time to acknowledge the contributions others make to your successes? If not, make a plan to personally and publicly thank God and these people.
Prayer: Lord, I praise You for the group of people You have aligned who help me and support me. Without Your divine plan in bringing these people to my life, I would not be where I am. Thank You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Thus the saying "One sows and another reaps...is true" (John 4:37).
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