Jesus wouldn’t choose the same leaders you would.


In church these days, we know how important it is to choose the right leaders. After all, these people will represent our local church (and God himself) to the community around us. We nominate selection committees and spend countless hours searching for the right person who will embody the moral and professional characteristics needed to lead God’s church in the right direction, to shepherd and guide and nurture and feed us. We use “Top Ten” lists of leadership characteristics to remind us to look for church leaders who are skilful, competent, professional, influential, visionary, hard-working, energetic, charismatic, highly trained and gifted communicators.

Jesus didn’t seem to get that memo.

While we look for the most squeaky-clean, well-presented, got-it-together, charismatic communicators to lead the church, Jesus chose the most rag-tag, unlikely outsiders to be his ambassadors.

He publicly endorsed a despised tax collector who stole from his own people.

He commissioned a naked madman as his first missionary.

He entrusted a promiscuous Samaritan woman with his testimony.

He held up a Roman centurion (the military enemy of the Jewish people) as the greatest example of faith in Israel.

He let a woman sit in learning at his feet, in the place of a man.

He handpicked uneducated workmen as his proteges.

He selected a headstrong, unfaithful loudmouth to be the foundation for the church.

He chose the murderer of the church to proclaim his name to the Gentiles.

Over and again, Jesus picked the most unlikely characters to represent him – the least of these, the outsiders, the bottom of the food chain. What was he thinking?

Fortunately, we know much better now. We’ve learned from leadership manuals and business studies what to look for in the perfect leader, the top 10 list of character traits to measure up against, how to get the very best people in the right positions.

But maybe, just maybe, we’ve missed the point?


8 thoughts on “Jesus wouldn’t choose the same leaders you would.

  1. Yes – When you write…
    “…Jesus picked the most unlikely characters to represent him…”

    Seems “The Corrupt Religious Leaders” of the day also noticed this…
    And they Marvelled… 😉

    Acts 4:13
    Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John,
    and perceived that **they were unlearned and ignorant men,**
    they marvelled;
    and they took knowledge of them,
    that **they had been with Jesus.**

    Just keep spending time with Jesus…
    Being one of His Disciples, His Ekklesia, His church, His Called Out Ones…
    Learning directly from Jesus – NO middle man.
    Jesus, He will teach you ALL truth…

    John 6:45
    It is written in the prophets, And they shall be ALL taught of God.

    John 14:26
    But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost,
    whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…

    Deuteronomy 4:36
    Out of heaven he made thee to *hear His voice,*
    that *He might instruct thee:*

    And “Today’s Corrupt Religious Leaders” will marvell.
    And many will excommunicate you, kick you out of the assembly.
    Just like they did to Jesus.

    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
    them also I must bring, and they shall “hear My voice; “
    and there shall be “ONE” fold, and “ONE” shepherd.
    John 10:16

    One Voice – One Fold – One Shepherd – One Leader

    {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

  2. Was wondering about the Title… 😉

    “Jesus wouldn’t choose the same leaders you would.”

    In the Bible, did Jesus choose His Disciples to be “leaders?”
    Or, did Jesus choose His Disciples to be “Servants?”

    Mat 23:10-12 NASB – New American Standard Bible.
    Do NOT be called leaders; for “ONE” is your Leader, that is, Christ.
    But the greatest among you shall be your “Servant.”
    Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled;
    and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

    Mat 23:10-12 TM – The Message.
    And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them.
    There is only “ONE” Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.
    **Do you want to stand out? – Then step down. – Be a Servant.**
    If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you.
    But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

    If Jesus instructed **His Disciples** NOT to call themselves “leaders?”
    And, NOT one of His Disciples called them self “leader?”

    And someone today calls them self a “leader?”
    Allows others to call them “leader?”

    In opposition to what Jesus taught His Disciples?
    In opposition to what His Disciples did?

    Are they one of “His Disciples?” 😉

    • Great point – Jesus is our only leader. That’s why it’s so ironic that we still try to appoint “leaders” who like to lead, rather than identifying “elders” (who offer experience and character), or “deacons” (which literally means ‘servants’) or “overseers” (who intervene when necessary, rather than telling people what to do).


      – Kathleen

  3. good read – we humans can do no better than base our judgment on outside appearances….but with God’s holy spirit leading us in discernment, perhaps we can see what Jesus would see…..God bless

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