Sometimes people criticize the Global Leadership Summit (which I live blogged last week) on the grounds that it brings in secular thinkers to speak at a Christian conference.
If secular thinkers were teaching theology or preaching, that would be a legitimate criticism. But they are teaching on the subject of leadership — which is a broad area which affects all of us and which most of us engage in, either through position or influence, in multiple areas of life.
Hence, I think the following John Wesley quote is applicable and a helpful reminder:
“To imagine none can teach you but those who are themselves saved from sin, is a very great and dangerous mistake. Give not place to it for a moment.”
John Wesley, A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (London: Epworth Press, 1952; 1st Epworth ed.), p. 87, quoted in JP Moreland, Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul, 54.
I’m aware of some follow-up criticisms that could still be made, and have been made. But this is worth thinking about a bit. And I’ll address the other issues, including Eric Landry’s post, if I can hit a decent stopping point in writing my book this week.
There are two types of work in this world. The first is the laborious kind, which I call “work with obligation.” It’s work that we do because of a contractual obligation. The second – very different – type of work that we do is “work with intention.”
When we are working with intention, we toil away endlessly – often through the wee hours of the morning – on projects we care about deeply. Whether it is building an intricate replica model of an ancient ship, or pulling an all-nighter to write a song or map out an idea for a new business, you do it because you love it.
If you can put “work with intention” at the center of your efforts, you’re more likely to make an impact in what matters most to you. So, how do we find (and foster) work with intention in our lives and projects?
Jesus’ sufferings were more than just physical. He experienced the full range of human suffering, to the greatest extent:
He was betrayed: “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:48).
He was taken captive: “Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him” (Matthew 26:50).
He was deserted: “Then all the disciples left him and fled” (Matthew 26:56).
He was falsely accused by those in the crowd: “Now the chief priests and the whole Council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses cam forward” (Matthew 26:60).
He was spat upon and beat up: “Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, saying ‘Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” (Matthew 26:67-68).
He was falsely accused by those in authority: “But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer” (Matthew 27:12).
He was rejected: “The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said, ‘Let him be crucified’” (Matthew 27:21-22).
He was scourged: “Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified” (Matthew 27:26).
He was mocked: “And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head” (Matthew 27:29-30).
He was derided: “And those who passed by derided him, waging their heads” (Matthew 27:39).
He died: “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit” (Matthew 27:50).
And he did all this willingly: “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39) and for our salvation: “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24).