Look! What Do You See?

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“The glass is half full.”

“The glass is half empty.”

Two people see the same thing, the difference is in perception. Their perception will be determined by their attitude. Their external experience is the same, but their internal conclusions are dramatically opposed.

This familiar scenario is played out for us in Numbers 13 with twelve spies and conflicting reports. As Israel approaches the Promised Land, the Lord speaks to Moses commanding him to send one leader from each tribe to spy out the land that he is going to give the children of Israel. Notice that all twelve were leaders and all twelve received the same promise (Numbers 13:2).

All twelve men had the same external experience. Their reports confirmed the promises of God concerning the land. “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.” (Numbers 13:27)

However, their internal experiences were quite different.

  • “We are well able to overcome it.” (Numbers 13:30)
  • “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” (Numbers 13:31)

Ten spies said, “We are grasshoppers compared to our enemy.” Two spies said, “Our enemies are grasshoppers compared to our God!”

Ten put difficulty between themselves and God. Two put God between themselves and difficulty.

Ten saw with the eyes of the flesh. Two saw with the eye of faith.

Ten saw an obstacle between themselves and their promise. Two saw an opportunity for their God to show Himself mighty.

Your focus determines your faith. Your attitude determines your altitude.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus!

Attitude Trumps Authority

When it comes to leadership, my guess would be that most of you feel inadequate.  You don’t believe that you have what it takes to really be a leader.  Or maybe you feel limited in who, when, and where you can lead and you feel that you have already reached a plateau in your leadership potential.  Or, could it be that you feel like the “low man on the totem pole” at your church, in your ministry, at your school, or on the job – why would they listen to you?

The reason you feel this way is because you, and many others, have confused authority with leadership.  We believe that before we can lead, we have to have authority over those we are leading.  That is, very simply, not the case.  It is possible to lead from the middle, or even the bottom!

Jesus teaches us how to lead.  When it came to leading people, Jesus was much more about attitude that He was about authority.  He had more authority than anybody, but He knew that authority was not the source of true leadership.  Jesus lead with an attitude of a servant.  This is just simply amazing to me, all power was given to Him in Heaven and in Earth, yet He served the sinner!

In doing this, Jesus demonstrated that anyone can be a leader.  We lead by our attitude.  We lead with love.  We lead best when we serve.  So whatever your context may be, don’t believe that you can’t be a leader.  Find a need.  Be a servant.  You are a leader.

Hey, don’t look now, but that person you just served is following you!

Do you have any examples of leading through serving?