Have you ever noticed how Jesus consistently gravitated toward those in pain or dire need? It’s a remarkable quality that many have observed in how Jesus lived and led. Instead of seeking influence among those in positions of authority or power, Jesus always moved towards those in need—those who had nothing to offer in return but their problems and vulnerabilities.
In fact, Jesus often faced criticism for his close association with individuals outside the religious or social establishment. On one occasion, He responded to his critics by offering a profound reminder: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12).
Reflecting on Jesus’ approach to leadership prompts some essential questions for us:
• Does my leadership tend to gravitate towards those in need, or does it steer away from them?
• Who am I currently assisting or supporting who cannot offer me anything in return?
• When was the last time I faced criticism for reaching outside the established norms to help individuals who may be distant from God or society’s norms?
• What pain or suffering does God intend for me to address and heal through my servant leadership?
These questions invite us to evaluate our leadership style and its impact on those around us. They challenge us to consider whether our leadership is primarily self-serving or truly servant-oriented. Just as Jesus focused on the marginalized and the hurting, we too can make a difference by extending our leadership toward those in need, embodying compassion, and healing the wounded souls we encounter on our journey.