“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John, speaking of Jesus,
Humility is a hallmark of a Christian who truly is modeling Christ in his or her life and leadership. We are called to humility as Christian leaders. Jesus modeled this humility when He said this of Himself: “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (
Paul talked about Christ’s humility in
As leaders, we are tempted to lead in our own power and strength and to make our leadership’s central focus ourselves. Neither can we lead in our own strength, nor do we have the power on our own to lead in humility. We must seek out Christ and live and lead in the power of His Holy Spirit. We cannot go at it alone. Even in our trying to lead in our own strength, our pride is illustrated.
Scripture is clear: Our pride and strength will get us nowhere in our leadership.
Our job as Christian leaders is like what John said about himself in relation to Jesus: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” This humility exalts God in Christian leadership and not self. Such humility is central to Christian leadership.