I was driving home tonight and the well-known worship song, ‘From the Inside Out‘ came on. This is one of my favorites. I’ve heard it a thousand times, but this lyric caught me tonight:
“Your will above all else, my purpose remains. The art of losing myself, in bringing You praise.”
Last week, I wrote a post about the believer’s identity in Christ and how Jesus makes us each a new creation. He gives us the Spirit and the power to put our old selves to death. This lyric is a beautiful reminder of God’s master stroke in this work of art that we call creation.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
But, it doesn’t stop there. We don’t just lose our identity. We gain a brand new one! We get to live new lives to His glory; lives of radical devotion and constant outpouring in worship. We lose our false selves in order to find our true selves.
Leadership that Matters
If you want to be a real leader, you’ve got to follow Christ to the cross and hang your old self right up there with him. You can not keep any of it. There is no past sin, former pride, selfish attitude, disobedience, or indiscretion that has not been paid for and forgiven in full.
You’ve simply got to bring Him everything.
If you want my leadership insight for today, this is it: lose yourself. Let Christ find you and shape you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, into who He has created you to be. Then, lead other people to Him so that they can have the same experience.
That is the command He gave us before he ascended back into Heaven. [Matt 28:18-20]
- Not because you’re good, but because He is good.
- Not because you’re special, but because He is special.
- Not because you’re worthy, but because He is worthy.
A new creation becomes a devoted follower. A devoted follower becomes a leader.
Be the kind of leader who follows.