Jesus once told a crowd that they needed to count the cost of discipleship. The story doesn’t go much further than that, but we have to assume that they counted the cost. The big question is this: Did they pay the price?
Leadership costs us something as well. Many people think that by becoming a leader they are gaining, not losing. They think that they are gaining power and prestige or something else that they desire, maybe money, perks, or influence.
However, as a Christian leader you should know that power, prestige, money, and influence belong to God, not us. We can’t claim those things as Christian leaders or our leadership falters, and ultimately fails. We become the object of the leadership, rather than God.
It boils down to this: If we think we are gaining by being leaders, our leadership becomes idolatry and we are no longer exercising Christian leadership. Christian leadership is about giving away; about serving. It’s about exalting Jesus, not ourselves.
It also means that we pay a price. We lose the right to claim power or prestige or influence. It belongs to God. We give up the right for our leadership to be about us. The world can’t revolve around us, the people who follow us can’t revolve around us, and the position that we hold can’t revolve around us.
In Christian leadership it all revolves around God. All the glory goes to God, all the power is God’s, and all the influence is God’s. It has nothing to do with us. We are merely stewards of what God has graciously given us.
And that’s the price we pay. As prices go, it can be a difficult one for some people to pay, but the Church and all of society needs you to pay it. We need a generation of Christian leaders who are willing to pay that price and lead in the Name of Jesus, and we need to train the next generation to pay that price as well.