Keeping our eyes on Jesus
Some people are just easily distracted. There you are in a serious discussion where you are engaging totally and you see that the persons eyes have detached from you and are now focused on someone or something else over you shoulder. At that point my first reaction it to punch them on the nose. That will get their attention.
But its not that they are bad people or are being disrespectful (in most cases) it is just that their make up presupposes them to distraction visually. Some secondary event is causing them to take their eyes off the main thing.
Christian leadership to be clear is all about Jesus. The Bible says he has taken the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. He chose a number of high school dropouts to be on his dream team. Leadership in Jesus kingdom is not about our greatness but about His greatness.
It really is amazing when we have the opportunity to look Jesus square in the eyes and learn from Him how we get distracted by people and things so far below his divine majesty.
- We start looking at other leaders and idolise them instead of worshipping Jesus.
- We start looking for people's approval instead of Jesus smile.
- We start looking at the success of our ministry (The fruit) rather than the victorious saviour (The Vine)
- We start looking at our weaknesses rather than His strength.
- We start looking to the church down the road or round the world for creativity rather than to the creator & sustainer of the universe.
The writer to the Hebrews makes it quite clear:
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. Heb 12 v 2-3