Friday, April 20, 2018

Jesus' Leadership #21 Serve Only the Best Wine

Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
(John 2:10, responded the banquet master when he tasted the wine that Jesus turned from water)

Jesus did not keep Himself in reserve. The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning water into wine at a wedding. Jesus poured out the best of His affection freely to all He encountered. This is an important leadership-action skill because we so often bestow affection in small droplets for people. Probably we all have encountered that boss who said no appraisal when work done well, or colleague who never say, "Wow! That's great!"

I met somebody who displayed affectionate spontaneity when I came to Christian fellowship for a speaking engagement. When I was introduced to the CF's adviser, she looked up from her sit and said cheerfully, "Oh! It's good to see you! I bet you'll bless our fellowship. Thank you for coming." She didn't know me prior to that encounter, but she welcomed me with gracious gesture. I wish more people were able to be affectionate spontaneously. Unfortunately, many of us are like The X Factor judges measuring people's performance critically before we open up our hearts to them. 

Why do we wait to serve the wine? Jesus, like those who are dying today, never reached the age of forty. Perhaps knowing that He wouldn't be here long is what caused Him to serve the best wine first. He gave the wine freely to anyone who wanted it. He poured out the best of Himself to all He encountered.... Leaders, Jesus served only the best wine. 

How often do you withhold love and affection
until someone has 'earned' it?
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