A Deeper Look into 7 Insights We Can Model from The Leadership Journey of Jesus – #7 – Reward

This is the 8th post in an ongoing series on the leadership journey of Jesus. You can find the introductory article here, and review others below:

#1 – Awareness – click here
#2 – Alignment – click here
#3 – Perspective – click here
#4 – Relationship – click here
#5 – Transfer – click here
#6 – Support – click here

Often times in leadership we ask ourselves, as the disciples did, “what will be my reward for all of this hard work in the end?”. It is a fair question and one that Jesus knew needed attention and an answer. Reward is available, and it may look different than we thought.

Reward: Jesus was willing and purposeful to reward and honor those who he nurtured and those who sought to align with Him. However, whatever reward they, and we have experienced so far, is a far cry from the eternal reward He has promised to the faithful.

Without doubt Jesus provided reward for the disciples who followed Him and for us who follow Him still today. We have experienced the abundant life that He so desperately wanted to provide for us and made His mission to accomplish. Just knowing Him as Saviour is reward enough above all things. But outside of the eternal significance of our relationship with Christ, He also modeled another very important reward that we should seek. Multiplication through investment.

Our great reward on the leadership journey is not measured in the benefit we receive, but in the growth that is nurtured in another and their ability to duplicate the process.

As was the journey of Jesus, our road to reward is filled with frustration, suffering and pain as well. The reward found during the leadership journey itself pales in comparison to the reward realized in catalyzing a legacy of leadership that multiplies exponentially as a result.

The reward we must seek, is only to be found in the fully met potential that is discovered and developed by those who we have transferred our leadership equity into. There truly is greater reward in giving than receiving and the benefit is compounded when we are investing in people.

Jesus, after the resurrection, was able to refocus the mission for His disciples with clear intent – from here forward, develop others, seek them out, invest in them, support them – feed my sheep. Your current and future reward is found in the impact that is made in the lives of those you influence. In a strange twist of fate on the leadership Journey of Jesus, we discover that our greatest reward is not a personal felt need fulfilled, but a calling accomplished and lives changed around us.

Jesus was fully motivated by the restoration and growth of others as a result of His leadership. That was the defined and desired outcome. The legacy of His leadership is to provide others with a means to experience full awareness, proper alignment, a right perspective and then the ability to transfer that to another through authentic relationship upheld with genuine support. That reality is the reward. The multiplication of the leadership journey. The development and maximization of potential in the lives of those around us for the sake of the Kingdom. There is no greater reward!

  • How are you experiencing this ultimate reward in the fulfillment of your own mission and calling?
  • How have you been defining your level of reward on your leadership journey?
  • What does the current culture and worldview tell us we should be rewarded with?
  • How will we find strength for the journey in light of the call to temporal suffering in exchange for Kingdom legacy?
  • How does the idea of reward by osmosis affect our thinking and motivation?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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