When my wife and I have ministered in England, we have always tried to arrange a stay in
London. We especially enjoy shopping at Selfridge’s and Harrod’s, London’s two leading
department stores. H. Gordon Selfridge, who built the great store that bears his name, always
claimed that he was a success because he was a leader and not a boss.
The leader says, “Let’s go!” while the boss says, “Go!” The boss knows how it’s done, but
the leader shows how it’s done.
The boss inspires fear, the leader inspires enthusiasm based on respect and good will. The
boss fixes the blame for the breakdown, while the true leader fixes the breakdown.
This philosophy of management certainly agrees with the Apostle Paul’s philosophy of
leadership. As a spiritually mature person, he did not use authority to demand respect, but to
The life that he lived and the work that he did were his credentials, for it was evident that the
hand of God was upon his life. Paul could dare to write, “From henceforth let no man trouble
me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:17).
Verse for today: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John
Also read: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Philippians 3:17; 4:8-9; 1 Timothy 4:12; Colossians 1:15-
Action assignment: What makes a good leader? List three or more characteristics of a few
people you consider to be good leaders. What traits do they have in common? Compare their
leadership styles to that of the Lord Jesus and the Apostle Paul.
No matter who you are, you are influencing those around you. Ask God to help you set the
best example you can—influencing others so they want to become Christians.
WARREN W. WIERSBE