The underdog team from Virginia Commonwealth University has worked hard to make it to the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Even when they were leading highly favored Kansas by 14 points, head coach Shaka Smart spoke about hustle in his halftime speech. As Smart talked, a ball rolled loose, and the coach dove on it. He was trying to teach his players what it would take to win the game and advance to the Final Four. He went beyond telling them what to do—he showed them.
Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”—John 13:15-17.
Jesus never asked his followers to do anything that he himself wouldn’t do. Anyone who aspires to leadership in the kingdom of God should understand that the best way to lead people is to show them what is to be done. Leaders must set the example in thought, speech and action.