Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jesus' Leadership #22 Change Your Unit of Measurement

In the New Testament, Jesus often breaks the status quo of the religious leaders by teaching the people saying, "It has been written... but I say..." What authority!

Perhaps the most important thing a leader can do is to change the unit of measurement
. Jesus constantly said, "It has been written… but I say…" throughout the New Testament. He was changing the units of measurements – of obedience, of love, of holiness, of requirements for entrance into God's presence… of how we measure growth and worth in the Kingdom of God. It is not about the volume of your prayers, it is about the depth of them. It is not about how much you have, it is how you treat one another.

All of us are slaves to our ideas and the (faulty) concepts of success that we learned from our cultures. Men are measured in terms of their money and women are measured in term of their looks. Is this the message that we are sending to our children? In the beauty pageants, for example, women are measured more by their looks than by their brains. Women must not be measured and weighted like cattle! Yet even today, when magazines talk about models, they highlight their appearance, height, and weight. Men, too, must not be measured in terms of how much money they have in the bank. Today, people treat those with money and power differently from those who have none or less. This and more – are all because of our cultural units of measurement.

Jesus had changed our units of measurements – change of mindset, perception, perspective, value, attitude, meaning, and purpose. It is time for us (for all of us) to change the unit of measurement, how we measure success, how we measure progress and how we measure others and ourselves. Remember, the most important thing a leader can do is to change the unit of measurement.

Currently what unit of measurement are you using to determine you/other worth?
How would you like to change it?

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