Thursday, March 9, 2017
Organic Life, Leadership and Growth
UV 2221/10000 Organic Life, Leadership and Growth
And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Ezekiel 37 v 2
The many events and circumstances of our lives are the ways and means God uses us to realize that life in this world is a mere valley of dry and lifeless bones. Our greatest ambitions and achievements, collectively and individually, socially and personally will one day be just like a valley of dry bones, a skeleton of the original form. The manger leader or manager realizes that life without faith in the invisible God and His visible expression Jesus is a mere valley of dry bones. The bones have no hope of coming to life again. These parts of our bodies have no possibility of redemption without the eternal hope that Jesus offers. Jesus is the only person in human history did not decay after death to become a bundle of dry bones. He offers us the same resurrection hope as we cling to Him.
The difference between the pyramidal leader and the manger leader is that the latter unlike the former realizes that his life without Jesus would one day be a handful of ash or an assortment of bones regardless of how large he makes his pyramid or regardless of how much he has climbed up the pyramid of worldly success, wealth, fame, power and position . The manger leader has a big picture perspective that inspires him with hope and inspiration. He realizes that everyone is a significant part of one body of which Jesus is the head. If a part of that body is hurt or harmed, he feels the pain and tries to do something to help or alleviate the suffering just as we attend a headache with the apt medicine or an injury on our foot with a bandage. The manger leader believes in organic leadership and growth- wholesome, balanced and holistic. The primary goals of man are not outward focussed and temporal but internal and eternal. It is only God in Christ who can satisfy or fulfil these goals.
As the manger leader hears the Word of Jesus, his bones come alive again with hope, vitality, strength. He sees how history is connected with faith, faith with science, science with philosophy, philosophy with daily living and leadership. The bones come together once more connected, one to another as bone with sinews, ligaments and tendons. His spirit is renewed. His heart is strengthened. The different organs of his body begin to function again. He no longer needs to lie lifeless, listless and hopeless in the valley but he can summon all his strength and climb the mountains or challenges accompanied by the mountain guide, the Lord Jesus Himself.
Prateep V Philip