Wisdom Knows You Never Outgrow Leading by Example
When Wyndham and I were dating I was very “artsy and craftsy.” Decoupage was a popular craft, and one day I presented Wyndham with a homemade decoupaged plaque that read, The world has yet to see what God will do with and though and for and by the man who is fully and totally consecrated to him. I will strive my utmost to be that man.
It was nothing beautiful to look at, but Wyndham was thrilled with it because of the message. He has referred to that plaque many times throughout his life—as has lived that message and striven to be that man.
He strove for this, not because he wanted to be a leader, but because he desired to please God. He delighted in God. He longed to fulfill God’s purpose for his life—fully confident that God had a true purpose for his life. He strove to continue to grow and to dedicate his life to this higher purpose (consecrate himself).
Because of this, his life has impacted countless people for God.
It would be easy, now that he is ill and can’t “do” much, to just think about himself and his difficult situation. After all, he spent most of his life serving God. Time to sit back and think about me. I’ve served a long time and am tired and ill. Let my past be enough.
However, as many days as God gives him I see Wyndham fully and wholly consecrating himself to God—praying God will still work with and through and for and by him.
When things are hard, or when we are older, or when have been a disciple of Jesus for a long time it can be easy to think we’ve served long enough and have stored up enough “good deeds” to last for a lifetime. However, wisdom knows you never quit leading by example.
Leading by example in attitude. In purpose. In kindness. In love. In contentment. In gratitude. In courage. In integrity. In concern for others.
Jesus never quit. On the cross he forgave. On the cross he thought of his mother and of his dear friend, John. On the cross he thought of you and me, and the satisfaction our changed lives would bring his anguished soul.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish, he will be satisfied. And because of his experience, my righteous servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for he will bear all their sins. (Isaiah 53:11 NLT)
After he was resurrected he cooked breakfast for his disciples. He walked and talked with them. He loved them. He believed in them and entrusted everything to them. His action as he ascended was to bless them.
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. (Luke 24:50-51)
Jesus never quit leading by his example—thinking of others all the way to heaven.
Wisdom knows that you never outgrow leading by example.