It used to be simple when Jesus was the King, because we all knew what to expect.
Kings are in charge, they offer protection and security and expect unconditional allegiance in return. From a good king you could expect justice and parity, but treason was unacceptable and antisocial, and usually a capital offence.
But kings are a bit old fashioned as a model of leadership, aren’t they?
I guess I’m not the only one to have slipped into a more corporate management structure, where God takes the place of the Chairman of the Board. Now He’s still in charge. He still has the final say. But if we are honest, have we installed ourselves as Chief Executive Officer?
When I think about how I sometimes plan and lead, it does seem like I treat God as the Chairman and myself as the CEO. Yes, I still send in regular reports. Yes, I still recognise he is my boss. Yes, I know that my leadership is only a delegated function from Him. And yes, if he did ask me to hold back on something then I would obey. But functionally, like a real CEO, I’m leading how I want to lead and expecting His backing if things get rocky. It’s a far cry for Jesus being King in my life
So how about you?
- In the way we make plans and lead, have we relegated Jesus to Chairman of the Board instead of King?
- Are we more interested in developing the ‘brand’ or ‘returning shareholder value’ than being a subject of the true King?
- How do we present our plans to God? As a fully costed proposal, or a brainstorm with Him in the room?
- What do we need to start praying to show that Jesus is King, not just a functional part of the management structure?